Date: 7th April 2017 at 5:52pm
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Rob Wildey speaks to Harry Moore, a Derby fan, ahead of their visit to St. Andrews tomorrow.

Share your thoughts on the appointment of Gary Rowett…

After the sacking of Steve McClaren, who should never have been reappointed after overseeing a drastic demise the first time round, Gary Rowett was the manager many wanted. An ex-Rams player, living locally, out of work, a good track record and a point to prove – it was a no brainer. He ticked all of the boxes.

He’s made a good start too, seven points from his first three games has propelled us back into play-off contention, albeit with a slim chance. We were told that the football wasn’t the greatest spectacle at Birmingham while he was in charge but his early days here suggest otherwise. He’s inherited a squad that, arguably, was better than the one he had at Birmingham so maybe this is a sign of what he could have done with a bit more financial backing.

What is the aim for Derby next season?

Rowett’s remit is to push for the play-offs. He was almost there with Birmingham so hopefully he can lead Derby there. It’s looking promising – snatching a top six place is still possible this season but there may be too much to do. But certainly next season, top six is the aim, anything less will be deemed as failure. That’s what Rowett was bought in to deliver.

Which one Birmingham player would you sign for the Derby squad?

Nigel Pearson made a mistake letting Chris Martin go out on loan, Lukas Jutkiewicz is the same type of player, so I’d have him at Pride Park.

What is your prediction for the game tomorrow?

Birmingham, and more to the point Gianfranco Zola, will have a massive point to prove so I can see your lot being fired up. However, we’re in a good moment right now so I’ll predict a 2-2 draw.

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