Terry McPhillips takes caretaker charge of Blackpool following shock Gary Bowyer exitby Jack Kitson / 06 August 2018, 18:33Tweet
We may only be a few days into the new season but already there’s been a first Football League managerial departure after Gary Bowyer left his position at Blackpool.
The likes of former boss Ian Holloway, McPhillips, Mick McCarthy and Keith Curle have emerged as the early favourites in the Next Blackpool Manager Market.
The League One club revealed that their boss was stepping down on Monday evening - believed to be for family reasons - and will be replaced by his assistant Terry McPhillips in a caretaker capacity.
During his time at the helm Bowyer led Blackpool up to the third tier, via the play-offs, before securing a top-half finish in League One last season (12th).
However, after opening up the new campaign with a goalless draw at Wycombe the 47-year-old has decided to depart the Seasiders after 115 games in charge.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Bowyer said:
"It has been a pleasure to manage Blackpool Football Club over the past two years and there are many people I wish to express my thanks to.
“Firstly, all the staff at the club who continue to go above and beyond to support the team. The players, whose efforts and commitment have played a massive part in achieving promotion in the 2016/17 season and gaining a top half finish in League 1 last season. To my football staff, your support loyalty and incredible work ethic has been fantastic, your willingness to go that extra mile for the good of the club will never be forgotten.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage such an historic football club and finally, I would like to thank the supporters, your unbelievable passion and support of both the team and myself will stay with me forever.
“I wish Blackpool Football Club all the best for this coming season and every success in the future.”
Meanwhile, Blackpool said:
"We hope the time with your family will bring you much pleasure and rest and replenish your reserves and strengths in readiness for whatever challenge you wish to take on in the future," a club statement added.