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Staff Profiles

 
Gary Bowyer guided Blackpool to League Two promotion in his first season in charge when his side defeated Exeter City in the Play-Off final at Wembley Stadium.
 
The 44-year-old joined Blackpool after a successful stint at Blackburn Rovers, where he progressed through the academy coaching set up all the way to first-team manager.
 
His affiliation with Blackburn Rovers first started back in 2004 when he moved from Derby County to oversee the under-18s and nurture the club's academy talents. He later became reserve team manager and led the side to the final of the Premier Reserve League against Chelsea in 2010-11, on the back of winning the Premier Reserve League North title. 
 
Bowyer, a former player with Hereford United, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United, stepped up to take charge of Blackburn Rovers in May 2013 and guided the club to eighth and ninth placed Championship finishes in his first two seasons in charge.
 
Then came the move to Bloomfield Road in June 2016 and Bowyer enjoyed success from the off, knocking Bolton Wanderers out of the EFL Cup to set up a trip to Premier League side, Crystal Palace.
 
FA Cup success followed, as Championship side Barnsley were defeated, before attention turned to League Two Play-Offs. Luton Town were beaten 6-5 on aggregate, setting up a trip to Wembley, where Pool completed the job against Exeter. 

Richie Kyle has spent two seasons with the first-team and played a crucial role in the club’s promotion to League One in June 2017.
 
The Liverpudlian previously worked in youth and academy football at Blackburn Rovers and Everton, prior to his Blackpool move in 2013.
 
Kyle’s first season taking the youth team saw The Seasiders win the North West Youth Alliance, while a host of players have been promoted to the senior side under Kyle’s reign. 
 
After spending his first year in senior coaching alongside Neil McDonald, Kyle then linked up with Gary Bowyer, who he’d previously worked with at Blackburn Rovers.
 
The pair helped mastermind promotion at the first time of asking, as Blackpool progressed through the Play-Offs to earn a return to League One.

Dave Timmins enjoyed a strong first season at Bloomfield Road, after joining Gary Bowyer’s coaching staff in July 2016.

Vastly experienced, he moved to the club from Port Vale, having previously worked at the likes of Tranmere Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and Carlisle United. 

During his 19 years of coaching he's been renowned for aiding in the development of goalkeepers such as England international Joe Hart and Wales international Wayne Hennessey. 

Timmins celebrated his 1,000th match in coaching when Blackpool defeated Morecambe 3-1 in March 2017, and was pivotal in the good form of Sam Slocombe and Dean Lyness as the club won promotion.

 
Phil Horner has held the position of first-team physiotherapist since November 2000, enjoying four promotions in the process.
 
Horner had spent five years at Bloomfield Road in his playing days, turning out 189 times across the defence and midfield and scoring 26 times in the process.
 
Horner joined the club in September 1990 from Halifax Town, having previously been on the books of Leicester City.
 
Dan Birdsall joined the Blackpool coaching staff as the new fitness coach in the summer of 2016, ahead of the club's promotion-winning season.
 
Birdsall, who spent six years as Head of Sports Science at Morecambe, moved to the club following three seasons working as Bolton Wanderers' Strength and Conditioning coach.
 
 
Adam Whiteside became First-Team Analyst in the summer of 2015 and helped the club to promotion the following season.
 
Whiteside had previously worked with Richie Kyle at youth team level and enjoyed a simultaneous move up to the first-team a year later.