14 Mar 2017
GARY ROWETT JOINS DERBY COUNTY
Derby County is delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Rowett as their new manager.
Rowett has signed a contract until the end of the 2018/19 season and will take up his position with the Rams with immediate effect.
Rowett, 43, has built an excellent reputation in recent years following impressive spells in charge of Burton Albion and Birmingham City.
He is no stranger to supporters after making 120 appearances for the club between 1995 and 1998, during which time he contributed to the Rams’ promotion to the top flight in 1995/96.
Derby County Chairman Mel Morris said: "We are delighted to welcome Gary Rowett back to Derby County as our new manager. Gary is being tasked with, and has the full responsibility for, leading our redevelopment programme. Gary, of course, played for us for three years during his playing career, lives in Derby and is passionate about our football club.
“He is an exemplar of the qualities and values we want in our team and has clearly demonstrated his abilities to get that from his players too."
Reacting to his appointment, Rowett said: “I’m naturally thrilled to be appointed as the manager of Derby County and can’t wait to get started. I feel that I have a special bond with the club having been here as a player. During that time, we tasted success when we were promoted to the Premier League and moved to Pride Park Stadium under Jim Smith.
“Living in the local area, I understand the expectation of the fanbase and it goes without saying that Derby County has fantastic and committed supporters.
“I have coached in the Academy in the past so I know the values of the club and I am looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge of the league with the staff and players.
“I am fully aware of the playing squad here and I am looking forward to working with them all first hand.”
Source: Derby County FC