ROWETT WON’T GO FOR A BURTON
STORIES linking Burton boss Gary Rowett to Blackpool clearly didn’t credit the former Derby County man with much sense.
Yes, the Seasiders are a Championship club with a solid fanbase and over a century of rich history. But in the here and now, they are a complete and utter shambles.
An owner who refuses to pay agents and is despised by 100 per cent of fans, a squad thinner than Flat Stanley and a transfer policy seemingly based on rooting through refuse. Not to mention a thoroughly unsurprising record of six defeats from six games.
If Rowett joined Blackpool, he’d be in League One next season with all the same problems – if he still had a job at all.
Yet as things stand, he works for one of the most stable, supportive owners in the business in Ben Robinson, has total autonomy over transfers and, with 16 points from a possible 18, looks fair set to end up in League One anyway.
It would be crazy to give that up. After all, look at poor Mike Appleton. Just a few years ago, the Oxford boss was one of the most sought-after young coaches in England.
Now, after traumatic spells working at crackpot clubs like Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn, he is struggling to revive a side at the bottom of League Two.
Appleton is no less talented than before. But such is the reputational damage wrought by a managerial misstep. And Blackpool is certainly that.
SITTING PRETTY: Gary Rowett looks to be on the way up with Burton Albion