Gary Bowyer

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Gary Bowyer
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-06-26) 26 June 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Full back
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
1998–2000 Carshalton Athletic
2012–2013 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)
2013 Blackburn Rovers (caretaker)
2013–2015 Blackburn Rovers
2016–2018 Blackpool
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gary Bowyer (born 26 June 1971) is an English football coach and former professional player. His most recent role was as manager of Blackpool between 2016 and 2018.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Gary Bowyer was born on 26 June 1971 in Manchester.[2] His father Ian Bowyer was also a professional footballer;[3] the two played together at Hereford United.[4]


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.[5] After the season ended, Bowyer moved to Nottingham Forest, but he never made a senior Football League appearance for them.[5] Bowyer later signed for Rotherham United, making 38 appearances in the League over the next two seasons, before retiring due to injury.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Bowyer began his coaching career working part-time at Ilkeston and also had a spell managing non-league side Carshalton Athletic from 1998-2000,[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] It was later announced that Bowyer would remain in charge until the end of January.[9]

Bowyer was re-appointed Caretaker Manager on 19 March 2013, following the sacking of Michael Appleton,[10] until the end of the season.[11] 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,[12] and on 8 April 2013 Bowyer was summoned to India for a meeting with the club's owners.[13]

Bowyer was appointed the permanent manager of Blackburn on 24 May 2013, on a 12-month rolling contract.[14]

In September 2015, he called for goal line technology to be implemented.[15] On 10 November 2015 Bowyer was sacked as manager of Blackburn Rovers.[16]

On 1 June 2016, Bowyer was appointed as manager of Blackpool on a one-year rolling contract, following the club's relegation to EFL League Two.[17] On 18 March 2017 he was hit by boiled sweets thrown by Newport County opposition fans.[18] On 28 May, Bowyer guided Blackpool to an immediate return to EFL League One in his first season in charge, his side beat Exeter City 2-1 in the League Two play-off final.[19]

He resigned as Blackpool manager in August 2018.[1]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played on 4 August 2018[20]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) 27 December 2012 11 January 2013 4 3 1 0 075.0
Blackburn Rovers (caretaker) 19 March 2013 24 May 2013 9 3 3 3 033.3
Blackburn Rovers 24 May 2013 10 November 2015 118 41 43 34 034.7
Blackpool 1 June 2016 6 August 2018 115 42 40 33 036.5
Total 246 89 87 70 036.2


  1. ^ a b "Club Statement: Gary Bowyer" - Blackpool F.C.'s official website, 6 August, 2018
  2. ^ "Player profile". Up The Posh!. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sons and Daughters". Bob Dunning. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport - Rivaldo: World Cup winner and son score in same Brazilian match". BBC Sport. 
  5. ^ a b c "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Blackburn's stand-in boss Bowyer returns to Derby with Cup success in mind". Derby Telegraph. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Where Are They Now?". Nottingham Forest F.C. official website. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bowyer's praise after team display". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 
  9. ^ "Blackburn: Gary Bowyer & Terry McPhillips in charge for January". BBC Sport. 3 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Michael Appleton: Blackburn Rovers sack manager". BBC Sport. 19 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Blackburn Rovers: Gary Bowyer confirmed as caretaker manager". BBC Sport. 22 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blackburn Rovers: Gary Bowyer managing 'game by game'". BBC Sport. 26 March 2013. 
  13. ^ Ben Smith and Andy Cryer (8 April 2013). "Blackburn: Gary Bowyer called to India for meeting with Venky's". BBC Sport. 
  14. ^ "Gary Bowyer: Blackburn Rovers caretaker manager appointed boss". BBC Sport. 24 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Gary Bowyer: Blackburn Rovers boss calls for goal-line technology". BBC Sport. 
  16. ^ "Gary Bowyer: Blackburn Rovers sack manager after poor start". BBC Sport. 
  17. ^ "Bowyer Named New Blackpool Manager". Blackpool F.C. 1 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Blackpool boss Bowyer calls for FA to investigate Newport County". BBC Sport. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ Gary Bowyer management career statistics at Soccerbase

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