BLACKPOOL APPOINT GARY BOWYER
Blackpool have chosen a new manager in Gary Bowyer to take charge of the team. The League Two club announced on Wednesday that Bowyer would be the man to replace Neil McDonald.
The former tactician McDonald left following the relegation of the club from the League One.
Gary Bowyer who is 44 years old was in charge of the club from March 2013 till he was dismissed in late 2015 following two earlier spells as caretaker. Bowyer becomes the eighth manager to lead Blackpool since 2012. Bowyer enjoyed a playing career with teams that include Nottingham Forest, Hereford United and Rotterham United. He joined The Seasiders on a one-year rolling contract at Bloomfield Road.
Bowyer managed Rovers to the eighth and ninth place finishes at the English championship in his first two years at Ewood Park. The dismissal was due to the poor start to the league that season. He was replaced with the former manager of Aston Villa, Paul Lambert, who has also since been sacked.
The statement on the club’s website reads: “Blackpool Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Bowyer as manager on a one-year rolling deal.
“His affiliation with Blackburn Rovers first started in 2004 when he moved from Derby County to oversee the Under-18s and nurture the club’s academy talents.”
The statement continued to list the achievements of the tactician including when he was the reserve team manager leading the side to the final of the Premier Reserve League against The Blues in 2010/2011. The statement mentioned that the coach is highly regarded in football.
Whilst many local fans have grown disenfranchised with Blackpool, and might prefer to look up the StanJames Rugby League odds rather than track Blackpool's latest demise, Bowyer does have a good track record with young footballers.
Bowyer becomes the sixth coach in three years and half. He is tasked with the job of leading the club back to the third tier of English Football. The club promised to give him all the help he would require to achieve that.