Can Derby County cling onto Gary Rowett?

by Jack Kitson / 15 May 2018, 15:44

Gary Rowett will one day become a Premier League manager, we guarantee it, but that dream will not become a reality with Derby County next season after his troops agonisingly lost out to Fulham in the Championship play-offs.

Both Rowett and Derby will be gutted at the 2-1 aggregate defeat - the Rams won the first-leg 1-0 - which means the upcoming campaign will be the club’s eleventh straight season stuck in the Championship.

So, what's next?

The managerial merry-go-round is currently awash with rumours surrounding the futures of a whole host of gaffers, a number of whom currently ply their trade in the Premier League.

West Ham (David Moyes) and Everton (Sam Allardyce) are expected to officially open the search for new managers in the next few days, while Leicester City (Claude Puel) could also join them.

Rafa Benitez’s future at Newcastle hasn’t yet been resolved, neither has Mark Hughes’ at Southampton.

That’s five jobs that could be up for grabs in the upcoming weeks.

It therefore comes as a surprise that Rowett’s name has not yet been mentioned in regards to any of the soon-to-be-open vacancies.

Rowett is widely regarded as one of the best young British bosses in the game today. At 44-years-of-age with three jobs under his belt, he is of course no novice, but in the managerial sphere he’s still got his whole career ahead of him.

Back in January he was hotly linked with a move to Stoke City following the sacking of Hughes, but in the end he committed himself to Derby, signing a new three-and-a-half-year deal.

Rowett has since shown no signs that he wants to leave Derby, and in truth it’s difficult to envision him switching jobs given he’s only just extended his contract.

However, should a top-flight side show interest in his services, his head could well be turned.

But, for now at least, Derby will be hoping that he doesn’t crop up on any next manager market radars anytime soon.

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