Millwall boss Gary Rowett has stated that he feels ‘privileged’ to have been the manager of Birmingham City in the past.
Rowett enjoyed a successful time as Blues boss, and actually led them to seventh in the Championship table before being surprisingly sacked as manager of the club.
Since then, he’s had stints at clubs such as Derby County and Stoke City, before finding himself taking over from Neil Harris at Millwall.
The Lions are hoping to build on their first away win of the season last weekend when they travel to St. Andrews on Saturday and having lost just once since taking over as manager, Rowett will believe he can get one over Birmingham at his old stomping ground.
Rowett has expressed that there’s always going to be a little place in his heart for the club but knows he’ll be getting a bit of stick.
Speaking to London News Online, Rowett said: “I feel really, really privileged to have been manager of Birmingham City. It’s a great club with great fans. Ultimately they made a decision and we go back there trying to win the game.
“There will always be a little place in my heart for the club. I’m sure I’ll get a bit of stick, knowing Birmingham fans, but that is pretty much par for the course.”
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It’s interesting seeing these comments, and there’s a lot of rumours that have come about since his departure, about the different clubs that he may have wanted to leave to.
Obviously it is just rumours but of course the Birmingham fans are going to give him stick, and it could lead to a very good atmosphere when Millwall travel to St. Andrews on Saturday.
The Lions are sitting 12th in the division heading into the fixture, whilst the Blues sit in 15th. It’s an opportunity for both to really try and move into the top-half of the table ahead of a busy run of fixtures before Christmas.