Mid-table Potters axe Rowett

08 January 2019 21:23:08 GMTPlus11

Stoke City have terminated the contract of Gary Rowett just eight months after the 44-year-old was appointed manager at the bet365 Stadium.

Rowett leaves the Potters, who were relegated from the Premier League last term, in the wake of the weekend FA Cup third-round draw against Shrewsbury Town.

Stoke are currently 14th in the Championship table, eight points adrift of the final play-off place and 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

A brief statement from the club said: "We would like to thank Gary and his staff for their efforts over the past eight months.

"A new managerial appointment will be made as swiftly as possible but in the meantime Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs."

Rowett signed a three-year deal when he succeeded Paul Lambert as Stoke boss in May 2018.

The Potters had prised Rowett away from Derby County after he had led the Rams to the Championship play-offs, where they were beaten by Fulham.

Rowett began his managerial career in League Two at Burton Albion before leaving for Championship side Birmingham City in 2014.

He enjoyed some success at St Andrew's but was controversially axed by the Blues in December 2016 when they were challenging for a play-off spot and moved on to become Derby boss three months later.

Stoke, 751.00 to be promoted from the Championship this season, are 3.10 to beat Brentford in their next match on Saturday.

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