Getting a better, well paid or less stressful job is what we all dream about and strive for and would say football managers are no different. Gary Rowett has been quoted as the favourite to take over at Stoke City during the closed season but is moving to a relegated club, all be it from the Premiership a better position than that at Derby County?
Rowett may have a smaller transfer budget this time around but would a good manager need a large transfer budget, or would he be content to stand by players already finishing in a top-six place in the Championship and just add the odd player to take him a step further?
I guess only Rowett knows what he is, or isn’t considering but it just adds that little piece of uncertainty to an already uncertain future for Derby County.
Mel Morris, the Rams Chairman and owner, has intimated in recent public statements that the Rams will be looking to recoup money paid out in recent seasons on players and the future of Matej Vydra, leading scorer for Derby County and golden boot winner for the Championship 2017-18 looks to be somewhere other than Derby County.
Will going to Stoke be less stressful for Rowett, I doubt it, and a straight return to the Premiership would probably be the minimum bosses at the Potteries club would accept. History shows that many relegated Premiership clubs have struggled in their first season out of the top league.
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