Gary Rowett is expected to be named Millwall’s new manager within the next 24 hours.

The former Stoke, Birmingham, Derby and Buroton manager has emerged as the Lions preferred candidate to succeed Neil Harris who stepped down from the role earlier this month.

It’s thought the club are keen to finalise the appointment before their home game against Cardiff City where Rowett will watch on from the stands.

Coincidentally the Lions welcome Stoke City to The Den on Saturday, which could possibly see the 45-year-old taking charge of his first game against his former employers.

Adam Barrett, who was placed in temporary charge of the side since Harris’ departure, was also a front runner for the role alongside Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth.

It is Rowett however who seems to have impressed Millwall’s American owner John Beryslon who flew into London last Thursday to hold talks with potential suitors.  

Fromer first tema development coach Barrett lead the side in ther last two matches, a 2-1 win over Leeds United, and a 3-2 defeat at Brentford on Saturday where they threw away a two-goal lead, a deciding factor it seems in the owners opting for a more experienced manager.

It’s thought Barrett will remain at the club in some capacity although Rowett is expected to bring his own back-room staff with him.

Rowett was sacked by Stoke in January after eight months in charge, but has a relatively good record in the Championship with successes at Derby and Birmingham.

The Lions are currently 17th in the Championship.

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