Birmingham boss Rowett handed new contract

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2016 12:44

Gary Rowett: Birmingham City manager signs new deal

Highly-rated Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett has signed a new contract at St Andrew’s.

Contract negotiations with Rowett began in the summer after he guided the Blues from the relegation zone to a 10th-placed finish and this season they are in the mix for a play-off spot.

Assistant manager Kevin Summerfield, first-team coach Mark Sale and goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole have also signed new deals.

The 41-year-old took over the helm in October 2014 and has overseen a remarkable transformation in fortunes at the Sky Bet Championship club.

Club director Panos Pavlakis said on “Both the board of parent company Birmingham International Holdings Limited and the Birmingham City Football Club board acknowledge the excellent contribution of Gary and his backroom staff in the revival of the team.

“We wanted to show our support and commitment to Gary, Kevin and his coaches for the work that has gone on. These new contracts are a significant development in that respect.

“We have had a fantastic relationship with Gary since day one. He is very happy here and we share the same vision in continuing to move the team and the club forward.”

Rowett, who is a 33/1 shot to become the next England boss, played for Birmingham between 1998 and 2000 and began his managerial career with Burton in 2012, twice guiding the Brewers to the League Two play-offs.

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