Derby County Football Club can confirm that Gary Rowett has left the club after the Rams agreed to release him from his contract and join Stoke City.

Rowett confirmed that he wished to speak to Stoke about the possibility of joining them and both clubs have subsequently agreed compensation terms in order for him to move to the bet365 Stadium.

We wish to place on record our thanks to Gary for his contribution during his time as Manager.

The process for recruiting a new Manager is underway and the club will make further comment as and when it is appropriate to do so.