Some Millwall supporters have taken to Twitter to call on the club to hire former Derby County manager Gary Rowett following his recent comments quoted by Football.London.
Millwall are on the lookout for a new manager following Neil Harris’s resignation.
Rowett was asked about the job while commentating on Birmingham City’s 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough on Friday night. He replied, quoted by Football.London.
When a job comes up, that’s got a very strong fan base and a really good tradition about the club, loads of people are going to be interested. I’m good friend with Neil (Harris) so I don’t want to be disrespectful. You’ve asked me this eight times already this season so I’m going to look at little bit desperate if I keep saying yes!
Some Millwall fans reacted well and now call on the Lions to appoint him.
Gary Rowett has basically just said Millwall come get me… so go get him!
— Pep (@JackMcginn_) October 4, 2019
I wouldn’t be disappointed with Rowett……altho stoke fans slated him
— Millwall halfwayline (@millwalljdb) October 4, 2019
Rowett for me nailed on next #Millwall manager
— Jon Merrell (@IMRMEZZI) October 3, 2019
Gary Rowett, Darren Moore or Michael Flynn. Any of them would do. #Millwall
— Tom S (@TallulahonEarth) October 3, 2019
Millwall should be going all in on Gary Rowett imo. The perfect manager for that sort of squad.
— Jason (@CL16Jason) October 3, 2019
Gary Rowett or Gareth Ainsworth please. #millwall
— Dan (@Dan_Wall06) October 3, 2019
Gareth Ainsworth? But either Hughton or Rowett if we can get them. Then someone who knows the club as a no2
— Richard owen (@RICH_SE16) October 4, 2019
I’m in 2 minds about Rowett. He comes across well, played half decent football at Burton, Birmingham and Derby. Think Stoke are in a mess so probably can’t judge him on that. Just wonder if we’d get any loyalty.
— Merv Payne (@mervpayne) October 4, 2019
Would Gary Rowett be a good option for Millwall?
Rowett has plenty of Championship experience. He was doing a decent job at Birmingham, before the Blues owners decided to replace him with Gianfranco Zola.
Derby then appointed him following Steve McClaren’s second spell. Rowett, a former Rams fullback, guided the club to the playoffs – losing out to Fulham in the semi-finals.
While Rowett’s football wasn’t too popular, most Derby supporters recognised his ability to win games. That season, Derby kept an impressive 18 clean sheets.
But Rowett quickly became enemy number one at Pride Park as he ditched the Rams to join Championship rivals Stoke City in the summer of 2018.
The unemployed boss has since cited regret at leaving Derby for the Potters. However, that may be in hindsight as he lasted just seven months at the Bet365 Stadium.
Millwall aren’t as big as Derby. Surely, any move to the Den will be a route back for Rowett and Lions fans should be wary of him later leaving them for the next best available opportunity.