New manager speaks for the first time following his appointment...
GARY ROWETT has highlighted the Club’s burning ambition to make a return to the Premier League as the driving factor behind his move to the bet365 Stadium.
The 44-year-old was announced as Paul Lambert’s successor on Tuesday after the Potters acted swiftly to agree a compensation package with Championship rivals Derby County to capture the services of the highly-rated manager.
Speaking to Stoke City+ moments after his arrival was confirmed, Rowett spoke of his delight at making the move and signalled his intent to elevate the Club back up into the Premier League as soon as possible.
“This has come around quite quickly, but I am absolutely delighted to make the move to such an ambitious football club,” he stated.
“This is a Club that has had amazing stability over the years, has been established in the Premier League for some time and the challenge for me now is, of course, to get Stoke City back into that division as soon as possible.
“My ambition has always been to one day manage in the Premier League, and having been in the Championship for three years now I feel this is a great opportunity for me to do that."
“There are certain things to do now, and to get right, but the undoubted ambition of myself and the people above me is to take this Club back up as quickly as we possibly can.”
Rowett boasts impressive Championship pedigree having vastly improved the fortunes of Birmingham City during his spell at St Andrews, as well as guiding Derby to the Play-Offs on the back of his first full season at Pride Park.
He says he knows what it takes to be successful at that level, and will be actively looking to make sure that the players he inherits, and those that he decides to bring to the bet365 Stadium, are up to the task.
“The Championship is a unique league and there are certain elements that you need if you are to be successful,” he added.
“You have to be robust enough to face 46 games, have the correct mentality to approach going to varying grounds - ones that aren’t what Premier League grounds may have been like - and you have to be ready to match the quality of opponents too because the standard of this league has gone up enormously.
“We have to make sure that the guys who report back for the first day of pre-season first and foremost want to be at Stoke City, and that they are willing to put in the desire and effort, that not only I want, but what Stoke City and the supporters of this Club want as well.”