Sky Sports understands that Derby County manager Gary Rowett is set to sign a new contract with the Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls. The former Birmingham City and Burton Albion boss had been heavily linked with the vacancy at Premier League side Stoke City, who recently fired Mark Hughes.
Along with Republic of Ireland head coach Martin O’Neill, the top flight strugglers had also wishes to speak to Rowett as they seek a full time replacement for Hughes. The Potters are hoping to have a new man in place for when they travel to Manchester United on Monday evening. It would appear Rowett won’t be that man, electing to stay with Derby.
The 43-year-old has been at the helm at Pride Park, whom he played for in his playing days, for the past 18 months. He has led the club to second place in the league standings, sitting behind runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at the time of writing. His existing deal supposedly has a release clause in it, which made the club slightly vulnerable should a club like Stoke make their intentions clear officially.
Rowett’s new deal is said to include ‘tighter terms’ that benefit the Rams should any future interest materialise in their manager. Even if Stoke had made their move, there is every chance that Rowett would have rejected them anyway, especially with Derby in their best position some time to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2008. Rowett will now be focusing on their upcoming fixture this weekend, when travelling to former club Birmingham.