Newly appointed Derby County manager Gary Rowett revealed to the Derby Telegraph that there was interest from Nottingham Forest to fill their vacant role.

The 43-year-old was named as Steve McClaren’s successor on Tuesday and travels to the City Ground on Saturday in his first game as Derby boss. It now appears this weekend’s hosts, who will be led out by Mark Warburton, were interested in hiring Rowett.

“I think with the Forest thing, there was interest from different factions but it was obviously a very messy situation, with different people trying to perhaps buy the club,” The former Birmingham City manager said.

“At no point was I physically offered that job.”

“Forest are a good club – one which in a different way to Derby has really underperformed,” he added.

“But as far as I am concerned, if you had given me the opportunity of the two clubs, I don’t think it would have been that hard a decision.”

The ex-Derby County player made over 100 appearances for the Rams in his playing days and takes control of the Championship side with the club sitting 10th in the league. Only nine games remain for Rowett to manage in the 2016/17 campaign but Derby must still face numerous tough fixtures against the likes of Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

As well as the second-tier promotion chasers, Rowett will travel to former club Birmingham City next month. The Blues controversially sacked the manager in December with the West Midlands club in seventh place. Birmingham are now 17th.

Forest will be the hosts in Saturday’s 1pm kick-off in a clash between the two new managers in the Championship.


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