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Reported Norwich City target Rowett lands Derby job

Gary Rowett is the new Derby County manager. Credit: PA

Derby County have appointed reported Norwich City target Gary Rowett as their new manager.

The former Birmingham City boss was understood to be among the candidates being considered by the Canaries board to take over from Alex Neil, but they will now have to look elsewhere.

A recent poll on the ITV News Anglia website found that Rowett was the man most Norwich fans wanted to land the job.

Another potential contender in the shape of Mark Warburton has also been announced as Nottingham Forest's new boss.


Gary Rowett: Derby make approach for Norwich target

Gary Rowett is the red hot favourite to take over at Derby. Credit: PA

Derby County have reportedly made an approach to Gary Rowett to become their new manager.

The former Birmingham City boss is among the favourites for the Norwich City job, but it's understood that Derby are hoping to beat the Canaries to his signature after sacking Steve McClaren last night.

Rowett used to play for Derby and still lives in the area, so Norwich may face a losing battle to convince him to join them instead.

In a recent poll on the ITV News Anglia website, Rowett was the man the majority of Norwich fans wanted to replace Alex Neil - earning 39% of the vote.

Ex-Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is still the favourite with the bookies to take over at Carrow Road, although it's not believed that he is a candidate currently being considered by the Norwich board.

Norwich City fans react to departure of Alex Neil

The news of Alex Neil's departure has got a mixed reaction from Norwich City fans.

The club confirmed that it was ‘in the best interests of the club’ to terminate Neil's contract on Friday evening.

Neil joined the Canaries in 2015 and took them straight to the Premier League via the play-offs. But he failed to keep them in the top flight, and they've since struggled to regain their Premier League status.

Ahead of their 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road, ITV News Anglia caught up with some of the fans.

Balls praises Neil for 'dignified' response to sacking

Ed Balls talking to the press after the sacking of Alex Neil. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The chairman of Norwich City Football Club has been speaking to the media after the sacking of Alex Neil.

Ed Balls told ITV News Anglia that the board did consider a change of manager after a poor run before Christmas but wanted to give him more time to turn things round. However he admitted it hadn't worked out.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

He thanked Neil for the dignified way he'd accepted the decision and said fans would always be grateful for him guiding Norwich to play-off final success at Wembley in 2015.


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