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Millwall appoint Rowett as new manager

Former Stoke City and Derby County manager becomes Lions’ first-team boss

21 October 2019

Millwall Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Gary Rowett as its new manager.

Rowett joins The Lions with a wealth of management experience at Championship level and arrives at The Den alongside new assistant Callum Davidson and technical coach Joe Carnall, while Adam Barrett and Lee Turner will remain a key part of the first-team coaching set-up. Barrett, who has overseen Millwall’s last two matches, will be in charge for Tuesday’s visit of Cardiff City, with Rowett set to observe from the stands.

Dan McLoone, Alex Aldridge, Laurence Bloom and Paul Tanner, who head up the analysis, recruitment, sports science and medical departments respectively, will remain in post and continue to be integral in the club’s day-to-day football operations.

Beginning his managerial career with Burton Albion in 2012 following an initial caretaker spell in charge, Rowett guided The Brewers to successive Play-Off campaigns before being rewarded with an opportunity in The Championship with Birmingham City in October 2014. A remarkable turnaround in form was masterminded in the West Midlands by Rowett, who steered the club to seventh and a potential Play-Off push in the 2016/17 season before his next appointment at Derby County.

The 45-year-old would mount a Play-Off campaign at Pride Park in 2017/18, boasting a win rate of over 43% as the team secured a position in the top six, before moving on to Stoke City the following summer. Rowett’s eight-month reign at Stoke brought his total Championship management experience to over four years.

As a player, Rowett made well over 400 professional appearances including spells in the Premier League with Derby, Leicester City, Everton and Charlton Athletic. The former defender also represented Birmingham and Burton as a player, as well as Cambridge United and Blackpool.

Rowett will take charge of first-team affairs for the first time when The Lions host his former club Stoke City at The Den this Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship (kick-off 3pm).

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