MX23RW : Tuesday, September 25 17:38:13

Gary Rowett: 'Birmingham City situation sad to see'

Former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett says that he is "sad to see" the club's current struggles.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett has said that he was sad to see Harry Redknapp relieved of his duties at Birmingham City last weekend.

Redknapp took over at St Andrew's at the end of last season, saving them from relegation to League One before overseeing a summer of transition, with 14 new players joining the club.

The axe fell after a disastrous start to the new campaign, however, with just four points garnered from their opening eight games, a run only slightly better than that of bottom-placed Bolton Wanderers.

Rowett was in charge at Birmingham last season and had guided them to within a whisker of the playoff places when the axe suddenly fell just before Christmas, a shock decision that backfired as Rowett's replacement Gianfranco Zola then just managed two wins from his 24 games in charge.

"If you have signed 14 players, you would think you would be given more time," Rowett, who has been in charge at Derby since March, said of Redknapp. "But I've been on the receiving end, so nothing shocks me anymore.

"I am Derby County manager now, so what Birmingham do is up to them – but it is sad to see. They have probably doubled or trebled their budget in the past year but not won many games.

"I'm sure the fans are disappointed and I'm sure the people at the club are, too. The reality is that they have gone from seventh and challenging to down by the bottom and surviving.

"I wish them well and hope they can pick up. They are a great club and have a fantastic fan base – but of course my main focus is on Derby County."

Rowett welcomes his former side to Pride Park in the Championship tomorrow afternoon.

Share this article now:
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka looks on prior to his side's Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2016
Read Next:
Report: Birmingham eye Aitor Karanka
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
EFL Cup
La Liga
Bundesliga
Serie A
Ligue 1
EFL Trophy
League Two
National League
Copa Sudamericana
NIFL Premiership
2.Bundesliga
Serie B
Swedish Allsvenskan
Swiss Super League

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds95311971218
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom952222121017
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan AthleticWigan95131411316
6Derby CountyDerby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest9351119214
10Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds94231414014
11Norwich CityNorwich94231313014
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea CitySwansea934276113
15Bolton WanderersBolton9333912-312
16Queens Park RangersQPR9315715-810
17Birmingham CityBirmingham916278-19
18Stoke CityStoke92341216-49
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull City9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich TownIpswich9054612-65
24Preston North EndPreston9126918-95

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account