Gary Bowyer

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Gary Bowyer
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-06-26) 26 June 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1990 Hereford United 14 (2)
1990–1995 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
1995–1997 Rotherham United 38 (2)
Total 52 (4)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)
2013 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)
2013– Blackburn Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Bowyer (born 26 June 1971) is an English football coach and former professional player who is the manager of Blackburn Rovers.

Early and personal life[edit]

Gary Bowyer was born on 26 June 1971 in Manchester.[1] His father Ian Bowyer was also a professional footballer.[2]


Playing career[edit]

After playing non-League football for Westfields, Bowyer, a full back, signed for Football League team Hereford United on non-contract terms, making 14 appearances in the 1989–90 season.[3] After the season ended, Bowyer moved to Nottingham Forest, but he never made a senior Football League appearance for them.[3] Bowyer later signed for Rotherham United, making 38 appearances in the League over the next two seasons, before retiring due to injury.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Bowyer began his coaching career working part-time at Ilkeston, before being appointed as Under-17 coach at Derby County, where he spent six years as an academy coach. He then became Under 18's coach for Blackburn Rovers in 2004.[4] He became Reserve Team manager in 2008, and in December 2012 he was appointed as caretaker manager following the dismissal of Henning Berg, steering them to a 3–1 victory over Barnsley in his first game in charge.[5] It was later announced that Bowyer would remain in charge until the end of January.[6]

Bowyer was re-appointed Caretaker Manager on 19 March 2013, following the sacking of Michael Appleton,[7] until the end of the season.[8] However, on 26 March 2013 Bowyer said he was unsure how long he would remain in the position, in case the club hired a new permanent manager,[9] and on 8 April 2013 Bowyer was summoned to India for a meeting with the club's owners.[10]

Bowyer was appointed the permanent manager of Blackburn on 24 May 2013, on a 12-month rolling contract.[11]

In his first full season in charge the club finished 8th in the Championship, narrowly missing out on a play-off position.

In his second full season in charge the club finished 9th in the Championship.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 2 May 2015[12]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) England 27 December 2012 11 January 2013 4 3 1 0 75.00
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) England 19 March 2013 24 May 2013 9 3 3 3 33.33
Blackburn Rovers England 24 May 2013 Present 101 38 35 28 37.62
Total 114 44 39 31 38.60


  1. ^ "Player profile". Up The Posh!. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sons and Daughters". Bob Dunning. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Where Are They Now?". Nottingham Forest F.C. official website. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bowyer's praise after team display". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 
  6. ^ "Blackburn: Gary Bowyer & Terry McPhillips in charge for January". BBC Sport. 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Michael Appleton: Blackburn Rovers sack manager". BBC Sport. 19 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Blackburn Rovers: Gary Bowyer confirmed as caretaker manager". BBC Sport. 22 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blackburn Rovers: Gary Bowyer managing 'game by game'". BBC Sport. 26 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Ben Smith and Andy Cryer (8 April 2013). "Blackburn: Gary Bowyer called to India for meeting with Venky's". BBC Sport. 
  11. ^ "Gary Bowyer: Blackburn Rovers caretaker manager appointed boss". BBC Sport. 24 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Gary Bowyer management career statistics at Soccerbase