From the Guardian sport blog (below the other stuff)
Rowett’s Stoke move a nice little earner but at what price?
So, Gary Rowett, how did that one work out for you? A decent payoff, undoubtedly, but if the stories are true about Stoke planning to move him out, what price a manager’s reputation?
Unfortunately for Rowett, he probably shouldn’t expect much in the way of public sympathy given the circumstances of his departure from Derby, the club where he supposedly had a special connection, to pitch up at the other end of the A50 last summer.
It didn’t feel like much of an upgrade whatsoever but Stoke, Rowett figured, had a bigger budget and he was willing to prove the point by abandoning a team that reached last season’s play-offs. All of which makes it rather awkward that Stoke currently occupy 14th position in the Championship. A “Rowett Out” banner was brandished at the last game to accompany the chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” (first heard on 22 August). His team have won eight of 26 league fixtures and regular Stoke-watchers tell me the style of football has been a complete turn-off. Which, without wishing to sound too cruel, is not an accolade any Stoke manager should desire if you saw the club under some of Rowett’s predecessors.
As for Rowett’s previous employers, they are going along quite nicely with Frank Lampard in charge, sixth in the Championship and not out of the question when it comes to automatic promotion. Ever heard that saying – Brian Clough, another former Derby manager, was fond of using it – about the grass not necessarily being greener on the other side?