Gary Rowett, a name associated with Derby County both as player and manager. He stated that he loves the club and the area, so why did he suddenly leave the Rams at the end of what was a reasonably successful season?
Most people, like myself, were saddened and not to say a little angry when it was announced that Gary Rowett was to jump ship and join newly demoted Stoke City after just 14 months at Pride Park. So what was the criteria that made him move on?
Speaking at his first press conference after getting the Stoke City Job Rowett made it clear that it was all about money. Not that he wasn’t on a fair whack at Derby, but the fact that he had been told that constraints on finances for the coming season would have to be made and he saw a club with money to burn on the horizon and wanting a manager with Championship experience.
Rowett refused to go into details about the budgetary constraints at Pride Park, saying it was unfair to the club to go into detail, which is fair enough and at least he has the clubs dignity at heart. The fact is, however, he states he is committed to whichever club is paying his wages, but what about commitment when the going, or finances get tough?
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Further into the press conference, Rowett talking about the Rams said “I could have said, go and sign this player, overpay for him and let’s get up (promotion). This is a huge disrespect to Rams owner Mel Morris, as he always said that the money was there for Rowett to use how he thought fit. So why didn’t he buy ‘that’ player that would have made the difference? I suppose only the guys involved at the club will know the answer to that one, but it must stick in the throats of those at Derby County who backed Rowett to get the Rams promoted.
In the end, Rowett thinks he did a ‘decent job’ at Derby County, but what are your thoughts about the manager leaving the club after such a short and unsuccessful reign at Derby County? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below this article.