From Beck to the fu­ture as Gary turns up the heat

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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.”

Rough

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!”

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