From Beck to the future as Gary turns up the heat
spongy lining over the top of the knee is like crazy paving and, metaphorically speaking, one of the slabs slipped out. Of course it was unfortunate, but it could have happened at 17 or 18 and I would have had no career.”
Like many players forced to retire early, Rowett immediately set about earning his coaching badges, while also playing for then part-time Burton Albion in the Conference. So when, after a spell as No.2, he was given the chance to step up following the sacking of Paul Peschisolido last year, Rowett jumped at it. And while he’s far from Machiavellian, Rowett seems to have inherited some of Beck’s no-nonsense attitude.
“The old gaffer was more open and wanted us to play out from the back, but we didn’t do it well enough,” said former Brewer Adam Bolder. “So Gazza made us go back to basics. He made us realise we’re not the flair team we thought we were. I’m chuffed it’s working out for him because he’s a great bloke and a great coach.”
His early days were rough, and included a 7-1 mauling at Bristol Rovers. But now, the Brewers are gunning for automatic promotion – with a smaller wage bill than last year.
“I never interviewed anyone else,” said Burton chairman Ben Robinson.“Gary is a great coach and he deserved the opportunity.
“When it comes to signing a player, he’ll want to look at every aspect, especially his temperament and his current form. He has a keen financial eye and gets players who are value for money.
“He’s also a strong character and when you look at the job he’s done you just have to say:Wow!”