Millwall have mutually parted company with manager, Gary Rowett after four years.
Rowett arrived at The Den in October 2019 and has overseen the Lions’ progress up the Championship table, which saw them narrowly miss out on last season’s Play-Offs by a single point, as they finished eighth after a dramatic final-day climax to the campaign.
Millwall though have struggled for consistency this season and sit 15th in the table which saw Rowett consequently decide that now is the right time to step down, in order to give the Lions the best chance of achieving their ambitions.
“We greatly appreciate Gary’s efforts throughout his time in charge and he departs with the best wishes of everybody connected with the club,” commented Millwall chairman, James Berylson who took over in July following the death of his father – John.
Berylson went on to praise Rowett for his attitude throughout his time at the club as he continued: “While my time working directly with Gary has been short, I have thoroughly enjoyed all our interactions and feel that he leaves us having enhanced the club’s on-pitch status during four successful years in charge.”
Rowett meanwhile issued a farewell statement to supporters in which he said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the fans for all their support during my time at the club. The atmosphere they create is truly unique.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being manager of Millwall and depart with a feeling that the club has progressed during my tenure. As is sometimes the case in football, the time just feels right to part ways.
“I would like to thank John Berylson, James, Steve Kavanagh, Alex Aldridge, my backroom staff, and everyone behind-the-scenes for their hard work and support.
“Finally, I’d like to extend my gratitude to the players, who I thank for the blood, sweat, and tears they have put into their efforts. It has been a successful and enjoyable four years.”
Millwall will appoint a new manager in due course but Rowett’s assistant manager, Adam Barrett will take caretaker charge with support of Paul Robinson.
“In Adam and Paul we have two excellent coaches who I know fans will really get behind during their time in caretaker charge,” said Berylson upon their interim appointments.
“They have my full support as we take the necessary time to secure the appointment which is in the best interests of the football club.”
Millwall will now prepare to face Preston at Deepdale on Saturday 21 October in a 12:30pm BST kick-off, live on Sky Sports in the UK.