Birmingham City: Gary Rowett happy to stay at St Andrew's

Gary Rowett
Blues have lost just twice in six months at St Andrew's under Rowett, having previously won once in 26 home games

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett does not see his future being anywhere other than at St Andrew's next season.

His first six months at the up-for-sale Championship club have helped to transform their on-field fortunes.

It makes him an attractive prospect for other clubs this summer, but the 41-year-old told BBC WM that he and his backroom staff are settled.

"We're enjoying the job at the moment. We're just fully focused on what we can do and what's in our control," he said.

BBC WM's Richard Wilford on Blues
"Gary Rowett's six months at St Andrew's have been an unqualified success. He has picked up a despondent club and lifted the mood of players, fans and backroom staff, securing Championship safety with weeks to spare - a far cry from last season.
"It is inevitable that he and his coaching staff will be coveted elsewhere, although it would take a very attractive offer to turn his head as early as this. Rowett does have funds available to reshape the Blues squad, although those funds will not be copious.
"The continuing machinations over the club's ownership and its parent company's current complications in Hong Kong hardly encourage loyalty, but this job remains the perfect opportunity for a talented young manager like Rowett to continue building his reputation."

"You can never look into the future and say with 100% conviction what you're going to be doing - things change everywhere.

"We had speculation at Burton for two years but, when I'm working for a club, I just do that job with a hundred per cent conviction.

"For me, success comes by doing the right things, and success for me at the moment would be increasing what we've done at Birmingham and seeing if we can be a top 10 team.

"I'm not a manager who'd say I like working with a restricted budget, although it was the same at Burton where the budget never changed. Yes, it would be nice to go and spend some transfer fees, I think £30,000 is my record so far."

After being 23rd in the Championship when Rowett took over on 27 October, Blues quickly escaped from relegation danger.

And they could yet finish in the top half with good results from their final two games at home to Charlton and away at Bolton, where they dramatically stayed up with seconds to spare last season under Lee Clark.

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