Recently relegated Stoke City are edging ever closer to appointment Derby County manager Gary Rowett is their new boss, according to Sky Sports.

The Potters have been on the lookout for a new manager since the departure of Paul Lambert, but it seems that Rowett is set to join the club in the next few days.

The Derby County man led the Rams to the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi Finals this season, but they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Fulham.

Sky Sports have reported that the compensation that Stoke City will owe Derby County is somewhere in the region of £1.8 million.

At first, Derby owner Mel Morris was extremely reluctant and did not want to lose Rowett, but Sky Sports suggest that his stance has softened as realisation hits that the former Birmingham City and Burton Albion boss wants to leave.

Gary Rowett is one of the best young managers in English football. He made a name for himself with Burton Albion, leading the minnows to the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs twice, when they were beaten once by Bradford City in the Semi Finals and once by Fleetwood Town in the Final.

In 2014, Rowett moved to Birmingham City, joining a club that he had played almost 100 games for during his playing career.

The 44-year-old turned around the fortunes of the Blues, taking them from 21st to 10th place in his first season in charge, making him a real favourite with the fans at St Andrews.

He was sacked by the club in December 2016 despite being seventh in the league. The decision caused outrage around England, but Rowett soon recovered, joining Derby County in March 2017.

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