Gary Rowett

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Gary Rowett
Rowett, Gary.jpg
Pictured in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gary Rowett[1]
Date of birth (1974-03-06) 6 March 1974 (age 43)[1]
Place of birth Bromsgrove, England[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Derby County (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 Cambridge United 63 (9)
1994–1995 Everton 4 (0)
1995 Blackpool (loan) 17 (0)
1995–1998 Derby County 105 (3)
1998–2000 Birmingham City 86 (6)
2000–2002 Leicester City 49 (2)
2002–2004 Charlton Athletic 13 (1)
2005–2007 Burton Albion 43 (1)
Total 380 (22)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Burton Albion
2014–2016 Birmingham City
2017– Derby County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Rowett (born 6 March 1974) is an English professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of Championship club Derby County.

As a player, he was a defender, and played in the Premier League for Everton, Derby County, Leicester City and Charlton Athletic. He also played in the Football League for Cambridge United, Blackpool, Birmingham City and Burton Albion. In May 2009 he was appointed assistant manager to Paul Peschisolido at Burton, and took over as manager in 2012. He was appointed manager of Birmingham City in October 2014 and served until December 2016. He became Derby manager in March 2017.

Playing career[edit]

He started his career at Cambridge United as product of their youth system. He was part of the Cambridge team which achieved fifth place in the 1991–92 Second Division, which remains the club's best league finish to date. They were also play-off semi-finalists that year. He was also part of their best ever League Cup run, when they reached the quarter-finals the following season. After three seasons at the Abbey Stadium he earned a move to the Premiership with Everton in March 1994 for £200,000. Everton won the FA Cup in his first full season, but Rowett was not involved in the 1995 FA Cup run or the final against Manchester United. After failing to break into the first team, Rowett went on loan to Blackpool before being sold to Derby County in part-exchange for Craig Short.[2] Rowett spent three seasons at Derby, followed by a two-year spell with Birmingham City, where he helped the club reach the play-offs, and also played for Leicester City and Charlton Athletic. A persistent knee injury put an end to his career in the Football League, though he did play for Burton Albion before retiring.

Managerial career[edit]

Burton Albion[edit]

In May 2009, Rowett was named as assistant to newly appointed manager Paul Peschisolido at Burton Albion.[3] Rowett was put in temporary charge of Burton, assisted by Kevin Poole, following Peschisolido's sacking in March 2012.[4] On 10 May, Rowett was announced as the permanent manager of Burton Albion.[5] In his first season, he led Burton to fourth place in League Two, losing in the play-off semi-final to Bradford City,[6] and followed up with a sixth-place finish in 2013–14 and a 1–0 defeat to Fleetwood in the play-off final.[7]

Whilst in charge of Burton, Rowett oversaw their best ever League Cup performance, as they reached the third round in 2012–13 before being eliminated by Bradford City. They equaled this achievement two years later under his successor Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Unfortunately, he was also in charge for their two worst defeats in the Football League, both 7–1. The first was against Bristol Rovers in April 2012, while he was still temporary manager, and the second against Port Vale in April 2013.

In September 2014, with Burton near the top of League Two, Rowett rejected the opportunity to manage Championship strugglers Blackpool; he said he felt it was not the right job for him at the present time.[8]

Birmingham City[edit]

Pictured in 2016

On 27 October 2014, Rowett was appointed manager of his former club, Birmingham City – one place above Blackpool at the bottom of the Championship table. He was joined at Birmingham by Burton backroom staff members Kevin Summerfield as assistant manager, Mark Sale as first-team coach and Poole as goalkeeping coach. All three are also former Birmingham City players.[9] Rowett guided Birmingham from 21st in the Championship to 10th at the end of his first season, earning many plaudits for the remarkable turnaround in form. He was sacked by the club unexpectedly on 14 December 2016 with the team 7th in the table.[10]

Derby County[edit]

Rowett was appointed as manager of Derby County F.C., another of his former clubs as a player, on 14 March 2017, with a contract until the end of the 2018–19 season.[11]

Media career[edit]

Rowett reviewed Birmingham City matches with Tom Ross on radio station BRMB, and for the 2008–09 season, summarised matches involving Derby County for BBC Radio Derby.[12]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 November 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Burton Albion 17 March 2012 27 October 2014 142 63 34 45 044.4 [13]
Birmingham City 27 October 2014 14 December 2016 106 42 32 32 039.6 [13]
Derby County 14 March 2017 Present 27 12 8 7 044.4 [13]
Total 275 117 74 84 042.5


  1. ^ a b c "Gary Rowett". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Ridley, Ian (13 August 1995). "Club-by-club guide: The prospects, the players to watch, the arrivals and departures". The Independent. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Peschisolido named Burton manager". BBC Sport. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Pesch told: You're fired". Burton Mail. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Burton Albion name Gary Rowett as permanent manager". BBC Sport. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Woodcock, Ian (5 May 2013). "Burton 1–3 Bradford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Maiden, Phil (26 May 2014). "Burton 0–1 Fleetwood". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gary Rowett: Burton manager 'turns down' Blackpool offer". BBC Sport. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gary Rowett: Birmingham City appoint Burton boss as manager". BBC Sport. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gary Rowett leaves Birmingham City". Birmingham Mail. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Gary Rowett: Derby County appoint ex-Birmingham City boss as manager". BBC Sport. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Radio Derby signs ex-Rams star". BBC. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c "Managers: Gary Rowett". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 

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