42 year-old Gary Rowett, the former Derby County and Birmingham defender, has been manager of Birmingham City for just over two years after managing Burton Albion for a couple of years.
Gary has held his press conference for the game at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon and he has come out in support of the FA’s reversal of the two red cards we got in that horrendous game at Nottingham Forest last Friday night.
Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett
Newcastle were reduced to 9 men by halftime with the sending off of Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett – with referee Stephen Martin simply having a nightmare game.
Gary Rowett believes the FA were correct in rescinding both red cards:
“I am being really brutally honest, I don’t think either of those decisions were the right decisions on the day,”
“I think Shelvey was very unlucky to get sent off. I couldn’t see much in the incident. I think that probably Jonjo’s reputation in that sense has probably made the decision happen, which is unfair.”
“He is an excellent footballer, and I also felt the Dummett one was not a penalty either.”
“Yes, I would have loved those to players to have not been available for Newcastle, but I think, justice-wise, they should be playing.”
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is said to have written to the FA after the game about the standard of refereeing in the Championship and it would be good to know what he said.
It seems the FA backed Rafa with the red cards and now we wonder if anything will come of his letter to the FA on refereeing in the Championship.
If something is done we probably will not hear about it in public.
Now Newcastle need to get back to their winning ways on Saturday, but it will not be easy against a solid Birmingham City side, who are currently 5th in the league table on 31 points.