Gary Rowett

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Gary Rowett
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Rowett in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gary Rowett
Date of birth (1974-03-06) 6 March 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth Bromsgrove, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City (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– Birmingham City

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Gary Rowett (born 6 March 1974) is an English professional football manager and former player. He was appointed manager of Birmingham City in October 2014.

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.

Playing career[edit]

He started his career at Cambridge United, a product of their youth system before earning a move to the Premiership with Everton in March 1994 for £200,000. 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.[1] 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.

Management career[edit]

In May 2009, Rowett was named as assistant to newly appointed manager Paul Peschisolido at Burton Albion.[2] Rowett was put in temporary charge of Burton, assisted by Kevin Poole, following Peschisolido's sacking in March 2012.[3] On 10 May, Rowett was announced as the permanent manager of Burton Albion.[4] In his first season, he led Burton to fourth place in League Two, losing in the play-off semi-final to Bradford City,[5] and followed up with a sixth-place finish in 2013–14 and a 1–0 defeat to Fleetwood in the play-off final.[6]

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.[7] On 27 October, he 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.[8] Rowett guided Blues from 21st in the championship to 10th at the end of his first season, earning many plaudits for the remarkable turnaround in form.

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.[9]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 February 2016.[10]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Burton Albion 17 March 2012 27 October 2014 142 63 34 45 44.4
Birmingham City 27 October 2014 Present 68 30 18 20 44.1
Total 210 93 52 65 44.3


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Peschisolido named Burton manager". BBC Sport. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Pesch told: You're fired". Burton Mail. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Burton Albion name Gary Rowett as permanent manager". BBC Sport. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Woodcock, Ian (5 May 2013). "Burton 1–3 Bradford". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Maiden, Phil (26 May 2014). "Burton 0–1 Fleetwood". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gary Rowett: Burton manager 'turns down' Blackpool offer". BBC Sport. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gary Rowett: Birmingham City appoint Burton boss as manager". BBC Sport. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Radio Derby signs ex-Rams star". BBC. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Managers: Gary Rowett". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 

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