Gary Rowett: “Contract talks positive”

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Blues manager Gary Rowett says he has been in positive talks with the club over a new contract deal.

The former Burton man was strongly linked with a move to Fulham only a week ago, but committed his future to the club, and it looks like he is going to go the full mile by signing a new contract deal.

Director Panos Pavlakis released a statement earlier this week confirming Rowett’s position following the speculations, and talks are now ongoing as to a new contract deal.

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And the gaffer seems delighted with the current position he, and the club are in following a turbulent couple of weeks.

“It was great to be able to put something out there.

As is often the case in these situations, sometimes you end up having to dispel rumours rather than where the rumours came from in the first place.

There is always going to be speculation because that is a sign of a little but of success.

It was nice to put it all to bed, to crack on and try to work hard at winning football matches,” Rowett said.

It is currently unknown what sort of deal the club are trying to tie up with Rowett, but following the recent success of the team it is thought that a longer deal is likely to be on the cards.

Despite a topsy-turvy couple of weeks including injuries and the ongoing speculation linking Rowett with a move away, the boss is looking forward to tying up a deal for him and his staff.

“We have been talking to the club for five or six weeks about potentially solidifying that relationship going forward for me and my staff.

The club have recognised where we were 12 months ago and we have kind of shown our value. Two or three weeks ago it was a case of having lost Cotts and Clayton. One of my big concerns then was how are we going to kick on now?

What the club have actually done is show me that we’re going to at least try and be competitive moving forward and I think that’s important and I’m thankful for them trying to do that,” added Rowett.

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