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Exclusive: Greg Pearson issues verdict on Rowett’s Millwall credentials

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Millwall have been on the hunt for a new manager ever since Neil Harris stepped down as manager nearly two weeks ago.

Numerous names have been discussed as potential candidates for the South East London club. Roy Keane and Tim Cahill were early front runners with the bookies, but appear now to be outsiders in the race for the job.

Kevin Muscat has declared his interest in taking over at his former club, whilst Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth is of interest to those in charge of the club, according to Sky Sports.

However, Sky Sports have reported another favourite for the job is former Burton, Birmingham and Stoke manager Gary Rowett. The 45-year-old has been without a job in football since he was sacked by the North Staffordshire club in January, and has so far refused to rule himself out of the running.

One man who knows Rowett’s coaching credentials very well is retired former Burton favourite, Greg Pearson.

The ex-striker, who scored not only The Brewers’ first-ever league goal, but also their first-ever league hat-trick, was coached by Rowett for over two seasons whilst he was assistant manager at the Pirelli Stadium, and was subsequently managed by the former Derby player when he was put in charge after the sacking of Paul Peschisolido.

Indeed, it was actually the man from Bromsgrove who recalled Pearson from a successful loan spell at Crewe, in order for the in-form marksman to play a part in his squad in his first months as a manager.

And Pearson is clearly very impressed with what he saw, seeing his old boss as exactly the right man for the job at the Den.

When asked whether he thought Rowett was the right man for the job at Millwall, Pearson told Football League World exclusively:

“Gary comes highly recommended.

“Aside from Nigel Clough, who was amazing for me and is still doing an incredible job at Burton, Rowett is one of the best coaches I played under.

“He was very bright, had some great ideas and managed his players on a man-to-man basis very well.

“I have not been surprised to see his success at Championship clubs like Birmingham and Derby, and am surprised it didn’t work out for whatever reason at Stoke.

“Regardless of his struggles there, based on how he had Birmingham punching above their weight in the Championship table, I see no reason why he couldn’t do the same with Millwall.

“It’s a yes from me!”

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