Burton manager says ‘no’ to Pool

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Burton Albion have announced that their manager Gary Rowett has turned down the opportunity to take charge at Blackpool.

The League Two leaders have released a statement confirming that their 40-year-old boss held talks with the Seasiders today.

Although there is no official job vacancy at Bloomfield Road and manager Jose Riga has been taking training this week, chairman Karl Oyston appears intent on replacing him.

The Burton statement reads: “Following speculation in the media regarding the future of manager Gary Rowett, Burton Albion can confirm that Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston approached chairman Ben Robinson yesterday afternoon (Monday 8th September) for permission to speak to Gary Rowett about their managerial position.

“Burton Albion gave Blackpool permission to speak to Gary following their approach and he met with Blackpool representatives today (Tuesday 9th September) to discuss the position. Following that meeting, Gary Rowett has confirmed to the club that he will not leave Burton Albion at this present time to join Blackpool.

“Gary Rowett said: ‘Following discussions with Blackpool, I have decided that I will remain at Burton Albion for the foreseeable future. I feel as though it is not the right job for me at the present time.

“‘We’ve made an excellent start to this season, winning seven out of eight games, and I feel we have an excellent group of players in the squad currently. I enjoy working with them immensely and this is a very exciting time to be involved at Burton Albion.”

All the latest developments in Wednesday’s Gazette.