Will Gary Rowett have big impact on Derby's exciting youth academy?

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Derby's Timi Max Elsnik

The new Derby County manager has been successful at nurturing youth stars in the past at both Birmingham City and Burton Albion.

Birmingham’s manager Gary Rowett

After coming back for a second spell in charge, Steve McClaren's reign at Derby County has come to an end. Despite pulling up and away from the relegation zone over the course of October and November, McClaren's Derby have suffered a horrendous slump in form and chairman Mel Morris has once again wielded the axe.

Replacing him is former Birmingham City and Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett, a man widely considered to be one of the most exciting young English managerial prospects in the business. 

Famed for his pragmatism and ability to get the most out of under-performing groups, Rowett looks like the perfect tonic for a Derby side that has really struggled to fulfil its potential over the last few years. However, it is not just the first-team that could be about to benefit from Rowett's tenure.

During his time with Birmingham and Burton, Rowett gained plaudits for the nurturing of top youth players from within the club, the most notable of which being the now Leicester City winger Demarai Gray. 

Leicester City's Demarai Gray celebrates scoring their third goal

With Derby having one of the most exciting youth academy's in the Championship, Rowett might just be set to take their flurry of young players to the next level, potentially handing a number of them a chance in the first-team.

Already, Derby fans have seen players such as Jeff Hendrick (now at Burnley) and Will Hughes come through the academy, and more recently have witnessed the rise of players such as Max Lowe and Jamie Hanson to first-team action.

Derby's Max Lowe and Cardiff's Craig Noone in action

However, there are a number of other exciting young players waiting in the wings, some of whom could be seeing first team action next season under Rowett. Charles Vernam and Farrend Rawson, who are currently on loan at Coventry City, have been in impressive form for the under-23 squad over the season, as have players such as Mason Bennett, Timi Max Elsnik and Emil Jakobsen.

Perhaps the most exciting however is Derby midfielder Callum Guy, who is currently on loan at Port Vale. The central midfielder has taken Vale by storm, and has become a quick fan favourite for his stirring performances and tireless work effort.

With Rowett notably liking players who work hard, Guy could well be the first of many Derby youth players to make a mark on their club next season.

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Derby's Timi Max Elsnik

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