Gary Rowett weighs in on imminent Birmingham City transfer exodus

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Birmingham City’s outgoing boss Gary Rowett has had his say on Blues’ upcoming transfer window.

Gary Rowett admits there could be somewhat of an exodus at Birmingham City this summer following the club’s relegation to Sky Bet League One.

The 50-year-old from Bromsgrove saw his second spell with Blues conclude at the weekend but he’ll still be keeping a close eye on the movement in the upcoming transfer window. Rowett hopes most key players will stick around to help the club bounce straight back up but recognises that isn’t the easy route.

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“There’s going to be some sad Bluenoses at there because they’ve done a lot for the football club over a long period of time and the history is incredible. They certainly don’t want to be in League One,” Rowett said during his last post-match press conference.

“In the next period of weeks, the club have a lot to do to be ready for next season. You clearly can’t wait too long in terms of those weeks of planning. They’re going to have to make some big decisions I’m sure on player contracts and how they want the squad to look next season.

“I think there’s some players there that it’d be great if they showed the responsibility to say, ‘You know, I’m going to get this football club back in the Championship’. Sometimes it’s easy to look for a way out but that’s something the players need to look at it,” Rowett said.

It’s not just the responsibility of the players, though, with owners Knighthead - led by Tom Wagner - required to offer intelligent and clear leadership. Rowett has faith in the board to repay the patience of the fans but even then it will be tricky.

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Rowett believes there will be a lot of change at Birmingham this summer.Rowett believes there will be a lot of change at Birmingham this summer.
Rowett believes there will be a lot of change at Birmingham this summer.

“I think the owners are good people, they’ve put out good plans for the club. I think if we can match that with real foundations on the pitch that are important, I believe the club are destined for some very exciting times - if they get it right.

“Hopefully Tony [Mowbray] comes back as a manager to get the club back in the Championship because there’s going to be a great opportunity if they make the right steps,” Rowett concluded before leaving the St Andrew’s @ Knighthead Park press room for the last time.

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