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Derby County appoint Gary Rowett as new manager

Gary Rowett Photo: PA

Derby County have confirmed that former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has been appointed manager with immediate effect.

This follows the sacking of Steve McClaren on Sunday after Derby's 3-0 defeat to Brighton on Friday.

He returns to the club after a spell as a player between 1995 and 1998, making 120 appearances.

Gary Rowett was sacked from Birmingham City in December, despite Blues being seventh in the Championship at the time, only out of the play-offs on goal difference.

Rowett is Derby's fifth manager in 13 months, following Paul Clement, Darren Wassall, Nigel Pearson and Steve McClaren.

Speaking on the club's website, Gary Rowett is delighted to be confirmed as Derby's new manager.

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.

– Gary Rowett

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