Gary Bowyer set for League Two return with Salford City

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 23 March 2021, 09:03

Salford City look set to make a swift managerial appointment following Monday’s sacking of Richie Wellens, with Gary Bowyer on course to become their third boss of the season, as reported by BBC Sport journalist Simon Stone - *the appointment has since been confirmed*

Bowyer, 49, has plenty of Football League experience on his CV, having managed Blackburn, Blackpool, and Bradford which looks to have attracted Gary Neville and co as they bid to push Salford back into contention for the League Two play-off places.

Former incumbent Wellens may have won the club the Papa John’s Trophy - just 10 days ago in fact - but Man Utd’s class of ‘92 deemed the club’s league form under his watch to be far from acceptable as they fell six points outside the top-seven following a return of one win from their last eight games.

Should Bowyer be appointed - he’s now priced at just 1/8 (Bet Victor) - he will leave his role at the helm of Derby’s U23 side who are currently 4th in the Premier League 2 Division One table ahead of Chelsea, Man Utd and Liverpool.

After coaching at Ilkeston, Derby and Blackburn, Manchester-born Bowyer officially entered into management at the latter in 2013 following a couple of spells as caretaker. 

He’d go on to finish 8th and 9th in his two full seasons in charge (both in the Championship), which remain Blackburn’s highest standings since they were relegated from the Premier League in 2012.

At recently relegated Blackpool, Bowyer won promotion back to League One at the first attempt. Under his tutorship the Tangerines finished 7th, then overcame Exeter 2-1 at Wembley in the play-off final.

He was unable to repeat the promotion feat in his most recent senior job at Bradford, where he lasted a year.

Now, if as expected a deal is put together, Bowyer could be in the Salford dugout for Saturday’s trip to 8th-placed Exeter. 

With 11 games to go, the club can be backed at 7/1 to secure promotion.

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