Millwall are in advanced talks to make Gary Rowett their next permanent manager, that is according to a report from The Telegraph.
The 45-year-old is thought to have been given a second interview by the club last Friday, and he is now chairman John Berylson’s preferred choice to take over.
Rowett has been out of work since being dismissed by Stoke City in January (BBC Sport), but he does have a very solid record at Championship level.
Indeed, he has managed 180 games in the second tier, picking up 71 wins and 61 draws in that time, losing just 48 (via Transfermarkt).
He led Birmingham City to two 10th-place finishes in 2014/15 and 2015/16 and had them sitting in eighth place in 2016/17 when he was harshly sacked (Transfermarkt) – the Blues went on to finish that year in 19th (Sky Sports).
The former defender then moved to Derby County where he led them to a play-off place, ultimately losing a two-legged semi-final against Fulham (BBC Sport).
At Stoke he struggled to get them into promotion contention, and they were in 13th place when he was sacked (Transfermarkt). Though it has to be said that since his departure they have not fared too well and currently sit in the relegation zone (BBC Sport).
On the whole it is a solid record that Rowett has and, judging by their reactions on Twitter, the Millwall fans would be happy if he is appointed as their new manager…
Best appointment we could get imo he’ll prove a few people wrong
— Tom J M (@millwallthomas) October 21, 2019
Best of the realistic options
— Jim Neal (@jimmneal) October 21, 2019
Happy with Rowett. Done well in his managerial career. Point to prove after a not so good spell at stoke. Think it’s the best option out there apart from Houghton who didn’t want it. #Millwall
— Paul Golding (@paulmoody12) October 21, 2019
I’m delighted with getting Rowett. People are overlooking what that man did with Burton and Birmingham. He’s got huge credentials with low budgets. He might not be the most exciting appointment or play the most exciting football but I do believe we will be in safe hands #Millwall https://t.co/TsPUamZG1e
— Adam R Illing (@AdamMFCIlling) October 21, 2019
Solid appointment that
— Tommy (@Tommy_Charles86) October 21, 2019
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I admit I wasn’t terribly excited by any of the names in the hat for the Lions job.
But after Saturday and seeing the awful stats for last 10 minutes capitulations we have, i will welcome Rowett if he can bring structure, organisation and mental strength to the side. https://t.co/ERbLjMiF7y
— Achtung! Millwall Podcast (@CBL_Magazine) October 21, 2019