BOSSES ON THE MOVE AGAIN

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By John Lyons

AN EAST Mid­lands rev­o­lu­tion stole the show as the man­age­rial mer­rygo-round picked up speed again af­ter a Fe­bru­ary lull.

Black­burn’s Owen Coyle was the only EFL boss to lose his job in Fe­bru­ary, but March has already seen five ca­su­al­ties.

Fol­low­ing the ear­lier de­par­tures of Rus­sell Slade (Coven­try), Gra­ham West­ley (New­port) and Alex Neil (Nor­wich), Steve McClaren, 55, was shown the door by Derby County last Sun­day.

It brought the former Eng­land man­ager’s sec­ond spell in charge to a halt af­ter just five months in charge. Al­though re­sults im­proved on his re­turn to Pride Park, a run of one win in nine Cham­pi­onship matches ul­ti­mately proved costly as owner Mel Mor­ris lost pa­tience.

Pas­sion

“Steve is a great coach, we have very tal­ented play­ers and first class fa­cil­i­ties but the heartbeat, com­mit­ment, fo­cus and pas­sion has been lack­ing some­thing fun­da­men­tal,” said Mor­ris.

“The Brighton game on Fri­day night (McClaren’s last game in charge ended in a 3-0 de­feat) was so far from what we ex­pect to see from those wear­ing a Derby County shirt.

“…We need a man­ager who shares our val­ues and who is pre­pared to de­velop the team, staff and pro­cesses that will set us on course for a sus­tain­able place in the Premier League. We are less con­cerned about timescales than we are about get­ting things right.”

The Rams wasted lit­tle time in ap­point­ing former Birm­ing­ham boss Gary Rowett as their new man­ager on Tues­day on a deal un­til the end of the 2018-19 sea­son.

The 43-year-old played for Derby in the mid to late 90s and be­lieves he can be the man to max­imise the East Mid­lands club’s po­ten­tial.

“We know there is a tal­ented group of play­ers here and I am thor­oughly fo­cused on just find­ing that right bal­ance and those right in­gre­di­ents to get the best out of them,” he said.

“I want to im­part enough of my knowledge on to the team and en­cour­age them to put in the kind of per­for­mances that the sup­port­ers want to see and the type of en­ergy that can go with some of those tal­ents.”

Rowett’s first match in charge was yes­ter­day’s derby against arch-ri­vals Not­ting­ham For­est, who were also set to pa­rade a new man­ager in the form of exBrent­ford and Glas­gow Rangers boss Mark War­bur­ton.

Like Derby, For­est have had their fair share of man­agers in re­cent times. This sea­son, Philippe Mon­tanier was in the hot­seat un­til mid-Jan­uary. Gary Brazil took the reins as in­terim man­ager when the French­man was sacked and in early Fe­bru­ary it was an­nounced that he would re­main in charge un­til the end of the sea­son. But with the Reds just two points above the drop zone af­ter a dip in form, owner Fawaz Al-Ha­sawi de­cided to draft in War­bur­ton to boost their chances of stay­ing up. The 54-year-old, who has signed a two-and-a-half year con­tract, said: “We are where we are in the ta­ble. We need to se­cure the points we need for safety, and then our job has to be to look at the squad and to have a strong pre-sea­son.” Mean­while, fel­low Cham­pi­onship out­fit Wi­gan Ath­letic sacked man­ager War­ren Joyce, 52, last Monday af­ter only four months in charge.

Per­ilous

The former Manch­ester United U21 boss had taken over from the axed Gary Cald­well in Novem­ber, but won only five of his 22 league games in charge to leave the Lat­ics lan­guish­ing in the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Lat­ics chair­man David Sharpe said: “It is un­for­tu­nate that we have made this de­ci­sion but with the team in such a per­ilous po­si­tion in the league, we need to act now be­cause we can­not af­ford to fall any fur­ther be­hind.

“…Re­sults and per­for­mances have sim­ply not been up to stan­dard often enough in re­cent matches.” As­sis­tant boss Gra­ham Bar­row, 62, has been made in­terim man­ager for the rest of the sea­son.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

NEW BOYS: Gary Rowett, left, and Mark War­bur­ton faced off yes­ter­day In­sets: Steve McClaren, top, and War­ren Joyce

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