GARY Rowett today pledged to give supporters “a team to be proud of” after being named as Burton Albion’s new boss.
The 38-year-old former Premier League defender yesterday became the 30th manager in the club’s history after filling the role on a caretaker basis.
The annoucement was made by chairman Ben Robinson at the Pirelli Stadium and ends weeks of uncertainty following the sacking of Paul Peschisolido in March.
Robinson said: “I have every faith that Gary will prove to be a success as the manager of Burton Albion on a fulltime basis.”
Rowett, who served under Peschisolido as his assistant for almost three years and is a former Albion player, described his appointment as “fantastic.”
And he promised to pull out all the stops to prevent a repeat of the last two seasons in which the Brewers have come dangerously close to a relegation battle.
He said: “I would like to hope that I can give the fans something they want to see — and that’s winning football and something to be proud of.”
During his time as caretaker manager, Albion enjoyed a four-game unbeaten run to secure their Football League status after a calimitous run of defeats brought an end to Peschisolido’s reign.
The Brewers also suffered heavy defeats under Rowett, including a record 7-1 thrashing by Bristol Rovers, but Robinson said the former Derby County player had always been in the driving seat for the job.
The chairman said: “Gary took over at a difficult time for the club after a long string of poor results, and he was able to achieve safety in the Football League, which was the primary aim.
“I have been impressed by Gary both in his time as assistant and caretaker manager and we now look forward to a summer where I am sure the necessary changes will be made as we plan for the 2012-13 season.”
Rowett, who will operate without a contract, said: “It’s a fantastic moment for me — very exciting for myself and I just can’t wait to put all my plans into action.
“If you look at what has happened over the season, you try to take those things on board and try to amalgamate them with our ideas as to how we see the future.
“It’s a wonderful League Two club, with fantastic facilities and a wonderfully supportive chairman, and I think there’s a great opportunity to really put my own stamp on it.”