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Stoke City confirm sacking of their manager

Stoke City have confirmed the sacking of first team manager Gary Rowett after less than eight months in charge.

He was appointed after the Potter’s relegation from the Premier League but since then they have been named promotion favourites and now sit 14th in the Championship table, having won just eight of their 26 league matches.

His side only could draw 1-1 with League One side Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup Third Round at the weekend. Supporters continued to demand for Rowett to be shown the door over the last few months, but he hit back stating that his team and staff remained positive despite the negativity.

He said:, as quoted by talkSPORT “When there’s all sorts of stories and rumours, and chants from everywhere around the ground, what am I going to do? Sit down with my head in my hands and start crying? I’m going to stand on the sideline with my chest out and try and win a game of football.

“You can see the players out there. The likes of Benik Afobe have found it really difficult in recent weeks. There’s a lot of expectation on him and every time he touches the ball he finds there’s a lot of pressure from his own fans.

“It doesn’t help you to perform, but when you’re in that scenario you’ve got to run around and work hard and show that desperation in other ways because that’s the only thing that gets you out of it.

“We showed we are still fighting in the dressing room. We are still positive, whilst the rest of the world is very negative and we have to get through that.

“I wanted to win to silence some critics, to get through to the next round, to show a bit of pride and ultimately we didn’t quite get that, but we could have gone under and now we live to fight another day.”

STOKE CITY CLUB STATEMENT:

Stoke City have terminated the contract of manager Gary Rowett.

Members of his immediate coaching staff have also left the bet365 Stadium.

The Club would like to thank Gary and his staff for their efforts over the past eight months.

A new managerial appointment will be made as swiftly as possible but in the meantime Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs.

 

Since the sacking of Gary Rowett by Stoke, fans flooded the club’s Twitter account with their reaction, the manager’s name was quickly on the United Kingdom trends list – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.

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