Gary Rowett has praised the staff at Millwall for enabling him to have the fine start to his tenure that he has, and has singled out first-team coach Adam Barrett for his good work.
Nine games into his Millwall tenure and Rowett has only tasted defeat once – his team have picked up 18 points in that time and find themselves in 11th going into their weekend clash at home to bottom-club Barnsley.
Speaking to London News Online, Rowett spoke about the staff at the club, both the ones he brought with him and the ones that were already in place, and how they’ve all contributed to the 45-years-old’s good start:
“There is a group there which is incredibly motivated. But at the same time we understand things we’ve not done very well in games and things we need to hugely improve.
“Also part of the good start has been the staff. Not only the staff who came in with me, who I’ve already spoken about, but the staff already here – they have bought into what we wanted to do and they have created a togetherness.”
Barrett took charge of the club on a caretaker basis when Neil Harris departed back in October and gave a good account of himself, picking up four points in three games and finding himself as a candidate to take the role before Rowett came in.
“The likes of Adam [Barrett],” continued Rowett, “he took over the team for three or four games and he could’ve been a little off the back foot with us. But he has been brilliant, as have all the staff.
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“They’ve helped to create a really good spirit straight away and sometimes that spirit manifests itself into a happy place where we’ve had the chance to get those results.”
When Rowett was given his fourth Championship job in five years at Millwall, it looked like a rather uninspiring appointment from the club. But the former Birmingham, Derby and Stoke manager has worked wonders so far and his side now look like dark horses for a top-six spot.
The manager is only one part of what makes a football team successful. Barrett showed in his short time in charge that he’s a man who knows the squad and knows how to get a tune out of them, and people like him will be huge in Millwall’s top-six push this season.