West Brom is considering hiring Millwall manager Gary Rowett to succeed Steve Bruce because they value his ability to succeed on a tight budget.
For Baggies supporters hoping to see some money splashed during the January transfer window, such a comment does not augur well.
If the West Brom board is truly considering a manager who can develop a team that is better than the sum of its parts without making expensive acquisitions, it surely appears to imply that whoever replaces Bruce on the Hawthorns bench won’t have a huge transfer budget at their disposal.
Three straight top-half Championship finishes for Millwall under Rowett’s leadership. Even though the Lions have only spent about £4 million on new players over the past four transfer windows, a large portion of that sum was used to acquire the opulently skilled Zian Flemming from Eredivisie team Fortuna Sittard.
Steve Bruce’s Replacement by Gary Rowett as West Brom Manager?
In 2021/22, a far more expensively put-together West Brom team ended one position and two points behind Millwall. The gap between the two sides has widened ever since. Despite the fact that Rowett lost Jed Wallace to West Brom when his contract expired in the summer, the team nevertheless won the championship.
When Rowett took over a side that was 17th and led them all the way up to eighth, Wallace commented, “To be honest, the gaffer’s been brilliant since he’s been in.”
The tactically distinct gameplan we use to play against each squad is what I’ve most loved. We alter our strategy for pressing them after the opposing team kicks a goal, as well as our formation and tactics. Depending on the competition, we alter our cornering strategy.
Rowett is reportedly interested in the West Brom position and is also eager for a new beginning, according to The Sun. The 48-year-old, who was born in Bromsgrove, would go back to the Midlands after three years in London in order to be closer to his family.
However, Millwall has not yet received a formal approach from West Brom.