Gary Bowyer has today been confirmed as the new Salford City manager until the end of the season, with the new man at the helm taking the opportunity to thank Derby County boss Wayne Rooney for making the move possible via the League Two side’s official website.
The 49-year-old is no stranger to being in the hotseat, having previously taken in managerial spells at Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool and most recently Bradford City before joining the Rams as a coach in September of last year.
He will now be tasked with resurrecting his new club’s play-off hopes, with the Ammies having yesterday dispensed of Richie Wellens despite the former Swindon Town boss having lifted the Papa John’s Trophy earlier this month.
Speaking to the club’s website at his unveiling, Bowyer has this to say about his former Derby colleagues:
“I’m delighted to be here, I’ve got to first and foremost thank Wayne Rooney, Darren Wassall at Derby County for being so helpful to allow me to come here. Obviously today is a case of meeting the players and setting the expectations of what we expect of them from now until the end of the season.
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“We want them to be playing aggressive football both with and without the ball, and have a right good go at these remaining 11 games. We have an opportunity like everybody else in this league to try and force our way into the reckoning to try and get into the play offs and see if we can do that.”
The Ammies currently occupy ninth place in League Two and sit just six points off the play-offs at the time of writing, whilst the club owned by several former Manchester United players also has a game in hand on a lot of the teams above them at present in the standings.
There’s no doubting from these comments that Bowyer thoroughly enjoyed his time at Derby but when a club of Salford’s ambition and financial backing puts an offer on the table, he inevitably couldn’t turn it down.
He will be missed at Pride Park because of the experience he possesses however he is far more suited to managing at first team level and as a result could thrive alongside Warren Joyce and Darron Gibson at The Peninsula Stadium.
For Derby, they won’t be too hurt by the loss of Bowyer as coaching staff are easy to replace, however they will surely have liked to have held onto him until the end of the season at least.
Their academy will however go from strength to strength following his departure and it continues to be one of the most prolific in the Football League at the time of writing.