Championship – Rowett ready to rise with Rams
Manager Gary Rowett is determined to try and help return Derby County to the Premier League, having signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract at the club.
The 43-year-old former Rams defender took charge at Derby in March 2017 and has got them on track for a promotion push in his first full season in charge.
I am massively committed to trying to, finally, get this team back into the Premier League.
County currently lie in second place in the Championship table and are unbeaten in their last seven league games.
And ex-Burton Albion and Birmingham City boss Rowett is in no doubt about what the main priority is for himself, his staff and his players.
He told the club’s official website: “This was the job that I wanted out of all the jobs out there and, for me, it was a natural thing to do to sign a new contract.
“I am massively committed to trying to, finally, get this team back into the Premier League. Whether that is quickly or in the next few years, that is the aim and the plan.
“Our (immediate) target is to maintain our form and stay in the top two positions, but we are mindful that there are some very good teams around us.
“If anything, we are probably going to have to improve our form to do that. There’s an awful lot of work to do, but our main focus is not to worry too much about our position or think too much about what the reward is at the end of the season.
“We want to enjoy the football we’re playing at the moment and maintain our standards.”
Derby are back in action on Saturday when they head across the Midlands to take on Birmingham City – the Rams are 6/5 to win the game, 17/2 to secure a 2-0 victory and 6/4 to keep a clean sheet.