Former Birmingham City, Everton, Derby County and Stoke City figure leaves managerial role

Another managerial departure has taken place in the Championship.

One of the longest-serving managers in the Championship has stood down from his post.

Gary Rowett was the third-longest serving manager in the Championship having been at his post at Millwall since the 21st of October, 2019.

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It has been announced this evening however that Rowett will be departing the South London club by mutual consent.

In a parting statement, Rowett said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed being manager of Millwall and depart with a feeling that the club has progressed during my tenure.

“As is sometimes the case in football, the time just feels right to part ways.

“I would like to thank John Berylson, James, Steve Kavanagh, Alex Aldridge, my backroom staff, and everyone behind-the-scenes for their hard work and support.

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“Finally, I’d like to extend my gratitude to the players, who I thank for the blood, sweat, and tears they have put into their efforts. It has been a successful and enjoyable four years.”

During his time at Millwall, he oversaw 196 games, winning 76 of them, and then drawing 57 and losing on 63 occasions. He departed the club with a 38.8% win percentage, and led them up two eighth placed-finishes in between 11th and ninth over three full-and-a-half seasons.

Rowett took charge of Millwall having been sacked by Stoke City in January 2019. Before his post at the bet365 Stadium, he was at Derby County for a near two-year spell, after his shock sacking from Birmingham City in December 2016.

He was three days short of entering his fourth-year at The Den. Coventry City’s Mark Robins remains the longest-serving boss in the second tier having been at the helm for over six years.

Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson is now the second longest, having taken charge of the West Country outfit in February 2021.

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