Gary Rowett: Burton boss takes pride in first full season

Gary Rowett

Gary Rowett says Burton Albion's play-off semi-final loss to Bradford should not overshadow what they achieved in his first full season as boss.

The Brewers were narrowly beaten over two legs by the Bantams, who went on to secure promotion to League One.

Rowett told BBC Radio Derby: "When you set out to achieve something over quite a long period of time and just miss out at the end, it's a bit gut-wrenching.

"But we look back with fondness over the season."

He added: "Sometimes you have to take a step back and lose the disappointment of not quite getting there."

Rowett joined the club as assistant to Paul Peschisolido in 2009 and was put in temporary charge when the Canadian was sacked in March last year.

He steered the club away from the relegation zone and was appointed as permanent manager on a non-contract basis in May 2012, with chairman Ben Robinson demanding an improvement in their league after two seasons of struggle in the Football League.

Rowett said: "I remember last summer sitting down on holiday with books, writing down ideas, teams and budgets - whatever you could think of I wrote it down and planned.

"Training schedules, recruitment, staff, everything. And to see it somewhat coming together, I suppose you would have to say it was fairly successful.

"It was nice to see those ideas did work to a certain degree, but we cannot stand still and now it's about trying to kick on and seeing how we can improve and that will be a challenge.

"In some ways it will be easier, in the sense we already have a core of players that I like and we know we can trust to add to that will only strengthen us further.

"We have certain challenges because some of our better players [Jacques Maghoma, Calvin Zola] have opportunities to go elsewhere potentially because they are out of contract. So you could be starting the season without two of your better players.

"So we have to plan a different way and maybe look at it from a different point of view and see if there is something we can do slightly differently and perhaps be a better team next season.

"But on the the whole the planning is slightly easier because we have done it before and we have that experience behind us."