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‘He’s starting to lose that sheen’ – Is Derby County boss Gary Rowett overrated? We take a look..



Derby County manager Gary Rowett is a man that certainly seems to divide opinion.

Impressive at both Burton Albion and Birmingham City, the 43-year-old has built quite the reputation as a manager.

Now at the helm of Derby County, he’s not quite making the impact that was expected of him, although it is early days in his career at the Rams.

Is there an argument that Gary Rowett is overrated as a manager?

The writers here at Football League World have their say on this matter……

Alfie Burns

Probably not – he is an excellent young manager.

However, Derby’s promotion ambitions may have to take a backseat, as I don’t believe Rowett is ready to stage a promotion push yet.

Rowett did an excellent job with Birmingham in the Championship last season, but is still learning the ropes in a tricky division.

It would be harsh to say he is overrated, but he certainly has a lot to learn – as Derby’s start to the season has shown us.

Chris Gallagher

Perhaps, it’s a tough one.

The jobs he did at Burton and then Birmingham were excellent, you can’t dispute that. However, he hasn’t done anywhere near as well at Derby.

At Blues his hands were tied and he made the best out of a bad situation and had a style of play that was effective. With the Rams, they need to be more adventurous and attacking which may not suit Rowett.

Of course, he’s still a good manager, but he needs to prove that he can adapt his own style if he’s to enhance his reputation further.

Adam Simeoni

I like Rowett.

The young boss did an excellent job with Burton Albion and Birmingham before taking up the post at Derby, but this season could be the one that answers that question.

The Rams missed out on the play offs last year, but failure again could see the boss given his marching orders.

George Dagless

He’s starting to lose that sheen.

At Birmingham he looked a real class act before being sacked through no fault of his own.

Whether that is playing on his mind still is up for debate but things at Derby County haven’t clicked yet.

He’s still got more than enough time to turn around and silence such doubts but a loss against Forest this weekend would be a hammer blow.