The former Stoke City and Derby County manager Gary Rowett has spoken publicly for the first time since he re-merged as favourite for the vacancy at Sheffield Wednesday.

Rowett is as short as 13/8 with one bookmaker, having recently fallen down the list of potential candidates.

The 45-year-old has been out of work since leaving Stoke in January – just seven months after he walked out on Derby to join them – and told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I think I’ve been favourite about three times so far. It’s quite bizarre how the bookies work.

Former Stoke boss Rowett. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

“I mean, I think for any manager out of work (Sheffield Wednesday) is a fantastic club. You’ve got an owner who’s put an awful lot of his own money in and is clearly passionate in trying to get them back up.

“You’ve got a very good squad. the likes of Barry Bannan, (Tom) Lees, (Steven) Fletcher, (Keiren) Westwood – you know, really, really good, consistent Championship players.

“And they’ve got a fantastic fanbase.

“So I think it’s a job that anyone would be interested in… but I’ve not spoken to them.”

Rowett made his name in management at Burton Albion, where he succeeded an ex-Sheffield United player in Paul Peschisolido.

The former Birmingham City defender was then lured to St Andrew’s, where he enhanced his reputation before his shock dismissal in December 2016.

He led Derby to the play-offs 18 months later, but was sacked by Stoke with the pre-season promotion favourites 14th in the Championship – just two places higher than Sheffield Wednesday, whom they eventually finished below.

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