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Stoke City sack coach Gary Rowett

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Gary Rowett has been fired from Stoke City today, despite having only been in charge for eight months

The former Derby County boss replaced Paul Lambert in the dugout at the bet365 Stadium in May following Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League.

But Stoke’s hopes of securing a quick return to the English top-flight appear bleak with the club currently down in 14th-place in the Championship table and eight points off a playoff spot.

And Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw against English third division side Shrewsbury Town proved to be Rowett’s final chance with Stoke only winning three of their last 15 games in all competitions.

“Stoke City have terminated the contract of manager Gary Rowett,” read a statement on the club website.

“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.”

Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of Stoke’s first-team affairs while the club search for Rowett’s replacement.