Derby County captain Richard Keogh insists he has been impressed with Gary Rowett, following his appointment, but it is now down to the team to impress, reports the club’s official website.
Rowett replaced Steve McClaren as the Rams’ boss earlier this week, after a miserable run of results, which has seen Derby pick up just one victory in their last ten fixtures across all competitions.
A winless February combined with an inconsistent start to March cost McClaren his job, with former Burton Albion and Birmingham City boss, Rowett, now taking charge.
Rowett’s first game as Derby manager is against fierce rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday, the first of nine remaining league fixtures for the Rams.
Keogh, 30, has praised Rowett’s impact since his arrival at the Pride Park Stadium, he told dcfc.co.uk: “The first impressions of the new manager are very good and I am looking forward to working with him more.
“He has a good presence about him and you can tell he is very clear in his messaging in terms of what he wants from us as players, as well as what to expect from him and his staff.
“It’s all positive stuff and related to how we want to play. He’s been clear and honest about what he expects, so it’s down to us as players now to show him what we are about.”
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) March 17, 2017
Rowett takes charge of a Derby side that have failed to mount a serious challenge for the top six, and currently lay tenth in the Sky Bet Championship table.
The Rams are currently ten points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, and would have to win nearly all their remaining fixtures to stand any chance of competing in the Play-Offs.
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