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SPEAK­ING to Gary Rowett last week, the Birm­ing­ham boss dis­pelled my sug­ges­tion that he was an overnight suc­cess.

The 41-year-old spent the best part of a decade coach­ing kids and re­serves be­fore step­ping into the breach at Bur­ton. He is con­vinced he wouldn’t have suc­ceeded oth­er­wise.

Per­haps Teddy Sher­ing­ham should take heed. Prior to tak­ing charge at Steve­nage, the former England man had spent more time play­ing poker than watch­ing foot­ball. His only pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence was as striker coach at West Ham.

That’s hardly ideal prepa­ra­tion for im­prov­ing a thin squad on scant resources. Given time, Sher­ing­ham will learn on the job. But as he strug­gles to re­verse a run of one win in eight, he must surely be wish­ing he’d spent more hours on the train­ing pitch and fewer in the casino.

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