A tweet from the official twitter states ‘Birmingham City Football Club’ has parted company with manager Gary Rowett’.
This comes after Rowett appears not to have took the post match interview after last night’s game against Ipswich, which is dubious in itself. Instead, first team coach Mark Sale took the offering. However, it is understood along with Gary’s contract, his backroom staff – Kevin Summerfield, Mark Sale, Kevin Poole and Darren Robinson – have also been terminated with immediate effect.
The club have since released a statement online saying:
This has not been an easy decision to make.
The Board would like to thank Gary and his backroom staff for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.
Gary came in and immediately stabilised the team amid difficult circumstances and during his tenure improved the Club’s fortunes on the field.
He has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the Club at all times and there is a genuine sadness at this course of action.
However, new owners Trillion Trophy Asia Limited (TTAL) remains determined to lead the Club to a bright and exciting future.
Supporters can rest assured that the decision has been taken with a strategic, long-term view and with the Club’s best interests at heart.
The statement then goes on to say an ‘immediate replacement will be sought after’ and Panos Pavlakis has said the following on behalf of the board:
“Such a parting of the ways is always difficult, particularly so on a personal level as I have worked very closely with Gary and have got to know him well. Our relationship was very strong but in football you can never stand still.
“I would ask that our supporters trust our judgement and look forward to and embrace the future as we begin to implement the exciting vision of TTAL.”
You can read the statement in full HERE.
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