Gary Bowyer has left his position as Manager of Blackburn Rovers with immediate effect.
A statement released on the Club’s website tonight read:
“The Owners felt that following a disappointing start to the season, they have to act in order to give the club the best chance of success in the remainder of the campaign.
The Owners wish to place on record their sincere gratitude for the hard work and determination Gary has given the club, both in his capacity as manager and previously as Under-21 coach and within the Academy, in particular during the difficult period following relegation from the Premier League.”
Bowyer leaves with the club 16th in The Championship having collected 17 points from the opening 16 games of the season. Bowyer was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers on a full time basis at the end of the 2012/13 season, having twice taking temporary charge in a turbulent first season in the Championship which saw the club employ no fewer than five different men as manager in the space of just nine months.
Assistant Manager Terry McPhillips, First Team Coaches Craig Short and Tony Grant and Goalkeeping Coach John Keeley have also been relieved of their duties effective immediately.
The search for a new manager has reportedly already begun, with Rovers next in action away to Preston North End on Saturday 21st November.
By Toby Wilding