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Gary Rowett: Derby County manager signs new contract following Stoke speculation

Gary Rowett’s Derby have won exactly half of his 38 matches since taking charge of Derby County in March 2017

Derby County manager Gary Rowett has signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal following speculation linking him to the managerial vacancy at Premier League side Stoke City.

Rowett, 43, was one of the bookmakers’ favourites to take over at Stoke after Mark Hughes was sacked on Saturday.

But he said talks with the Championship club had been ongoing since December.

“I’m delighted. This can be a Premier League club. There’s always going to be speculation,” he told BBC Derby Sport.

“If there’s any interest from Premier League clubs, every manager and player wants to be in the Premier League.

“It is always flattering but for me this was probably the job out of any job I was hoping to do.”

Former Rams player Rowett, whose extended deal runs until the end of the 2020-21 season, joined the Rams in March 2017 and they are second in the table as they challenge for promotion to the top flight.

He added: “The second I took it, it was about seeing the job through. Since I have come to the club, I have had a fantastic relationship with all the people here.

“I have a really good, clear direct line of communication with Mel Morris [chairman] and that has been a massive factor for me.”

More to follow.

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