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Blackburn Rovers part company with Gary Bowyer after 'disappointing start'

11 November 2015

The owners of Blackburn Rovers believe dismissing Gary Bowyer gives them the best chance of success in the remainder of this season.

Bowyer was sacked on Tuesday after leading the club to just three wins in their opening 16 Sky Bet Championship matches of 2015/16.

A statement on the club's website 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.

“Rovers' Owners and Board of Directors will begin the search immediately to appoint a new manager.”

Bowyer was appointed on a full-time basis in May 2013 and guided the team to eighth in his first full season in charge, followed by a ninth-placed finish last time around.

The 44-year-old's exit comes with Rovers sitting 16th in the Championship standings on 17 points, just four above the relegation zone.

Assistant boss Terry McPhillips, and coaches Craig Short, Tony Grant and John Keeley have also left the club.

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