Gary Rowett is expected to complete his move to Stoke City today but what is his reasoning behind the move?
Certainly, he will have better funding for players in the coming months as Stoke use their Premiership parachute and other financings to keep or bring in players capable of getting the Potters back into the top league at the first attempt.
Many have tried and most have failed in the task and is Rowett’s record all that good to prompt Stoke to pay off a new three-year contract which Rowett signed at Derby in October of last year? Whilst at Derby his record is distinctly average taking charge of 60 games, winning 26 of them, drawing 18 and losing 16.
He did, however, manage to reach Chairman Mel Morris’s target of reaching the play-off’s at his first attempt but never looked like producing a side capable of reaching the Wembley final, something which his job in twelve months time may rely on.
So Derby yet again find themselves in a position of being without a manager at a crucial part of the Year and face having to re-arrange a squad that by many accounts is to be dismantled and re-built using any money available from transfers to get a team capable of going a step further than this season.
The omens are not good for the coming season and can Derby bring in a better manager than Rowett in the next few weeks? Several big names are being talked about but how many will be knocking the door down to get in the Derby County hot seat?………. To be continued.