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Getting to know… Gary Rowett

All you need to know about Millwall's new manager...

21 October 2019

Millwall appointed Gary Rowett as the club’s new first-team manager this week – clean up on your knowledge of The Lions' boss with our factfile…

  • Gary was born on 6th March 1974 in Bromsgrove, West Midlands. Birmingham City was the nearest professional club to our new manager’s hometown.

  • When he was a teenager, Gary was part of the Cambridge United team which registered the club’s record League finish of fifth in what is now the Championship in 1992, as well as reaching the last eight of the League Cup the following year, beaten 3-2 by Blackburn Rovers in the Quarter-Finals. His professional debut was at The 'old' Den - a game in which he scored the winner. 

  • Gary made his Premier League debut as a defender for Everton in the 1993/94 campaign.

  • It was at Derby County where Gary fully established himself at the top level, making 120 appearances before joining Birmingham, where he would also surpass 100 games.

  • Gary went on to represent Leicester City and Charlton Athletic in the top flight between 2000 and 2004 before initially hanging up his boots, and came out of retirement for Burton Albion two years later. Gary scored 33 goals in 441 appearances during his playing career.

  • Burton, Gary’s last club as a player, would offer him his first managerial job in 2012. His two seasons at the Pirelli Stadium were encouraging ones, as he steered the team to successive League Two Play-Off spots. Gary was initially assistant to Paul Peschisolido with The Brewers in 2009.

  • Gary joined Birmingham in 2014, and turned around The Blues’ fortunes to push them from relegation candidates to Play-Off hopefuls. He was controversially replaced in 2016, with his stock and popularity very high at his local club.

  • Another of Gary’s former clubs as a player, Derby, appointed him in 2017 and reached the Play-Offs in his sole full season. Gary won just under half of his games in charge of The Rams, securing an impressive 43.3% win rate.

  • Gary’s last managerial role came at Stoke City, whom he left in January of this year – the first of his clubs as a coach who he did not represent as a player.

  • Gary brings with him to The Den assistant manager Callum Davidson and technical coach Joe Carnall, who will work alongside first-team coach Adam Barrett and our existing backroom staff. Among Gary’s coaching team in the past have been the likes of Kevin Summerfield, Rory Delap, Kevin Phillips, Kevin Poole and Mark Sale.

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