Gary Bowyer has resigned as manager of League One side Blackpool after a two year spell at the club, confirmed by the club website.

Blackpool have announces that manager Gary Bowyer has stepped down as manager and Terry McPhillips, his assistant, will assume the manager’s role in the interim period.

The 47-year-old becomes the first manager in England’s top four divisions to depart this season.

Gary Bowyer has 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.”

He resigns one game into the 2018/19 season, following a goalless draw away at newly-promoted Wycombe Wanderers.

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