According to various reports, Stoke City have identified the manager they want for next season as Derby County’s Gary Rowett.
The two clubs are in talks and the Potters are hoping to have their new man in place within the next 24 hours, according to the Daily Telegraph. Compensation will have to be paid to the Rams, the figure is believed to be around the £2.25million mark.
Rowett had the chance to come to the bet365 Stadium in January, but it seems like Stoke didn’t pose much pulling power then, although they were still in the Premier League then having just sacked Mark Hughes, Rowett opted to sign a new three and a half year deal with Derby.
The 43-year-old led the Rams to the Championship play-offs this season, but they were beaten by Fulham in the semi finals of the competition.
Sky Sports News says that Rowett is looking for a possible way out at Derby because of some wage bill trimming that is believed to be happening over the summer due to the Financial Fair Play rules.
Others being linked with the job are Nigel Pearson and Mick McCarthy to name but a few.