Blackpool Football Club regrets to announce that our manager Gary Bowyer is stepping down. Terry McPhillips, his assistant, will assume the manager’s role in the interim period.
Gary Bowyer said: “It has been a pleasure to manage Blackpool Football Club over the past two years and there are many people I wish to express my thanks to.
“Firstly, all the staff at the club who continue to go above and beyond to support the team. The players, whose efforts and commitment have played a massive part in achieving promotion in the 2016/17 season and gaining a top half finish in League 1 last season. To my football staff, your support loyalty and incredible work ethic has been fantastic, your willingness to go that extra mile for the good of the club will never be forgotten.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Board for giving me the opportunity to manage such an historic football club and finally, I would like to thank the supporters, your unbelievable passion and support of both the team and myself will stay with me forever.
“I wish Blackpool Football Club all the best for this coming season and every success in the future.”
The directors, management and personnel of Blackpool Football Club and in particular our passionate and amazing fans, would like to place on record our deep appreciation and gratitude for your successful efforts which in your first year achieved promotion from League 2 and then in your second year stabilised the team and the club in League 1 – your professionalism has been of the highest standard and hopefully your legacy and wonderful team spirit that you have engendered will endure through your protégé.
We hope the time with your family will bring you much pleasure and rest and replenish your reserves and strengths in readiness for whatever challenge you wish to take on in the future.