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3 candidates Barrow must consider following Pete Wild’s departure

Barrow are in the hunt for a new manager following Pete Wild’s exit at the end of last week, as confirmed by their official club website.

Barrow have a big decision to make on who to bring in next as they prepare for another year in League Two. They finished in 8th position in the last campaign and were only a point off the play-offs.

, 3 candidates Barrow must consider following Pete Wild’s departure
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Wild, 39, joined the Bluebirds in 2022 from FC Halifax Town in the National League and won 37.14% of games in charge during his time at Holker Street. He has also worked at Oldham Athletic in the past.

Here is a look at three candidates who the Cumbrian outfit should consider as they weigh up their options…

Dean Holden

The Mancunian is an experienced coach in the Football League and would be a shrewd appointment if Barrow were able to get him. He was sacked by Charlton Athletic in August last year and could see this vacancy as an opportunity to get back into the game as a number one.

He started his coaching career with spells at Oldham Athletic, Bristol City and Stoke City before landing the Addicks’ job in 2022. Holden is currently working as Steven Gerrard’s number two at Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.

, 3 candidates Barrow must consider following Pete Wild’s departure
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, 3 candidates Barrow must consider following Pete Wild’s departure

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Gary Bowyer

Bowyer has worked at fourth tier with the likes of Blackpool, Bradford City and Salford City and is an option for the Bluebirds. The former Rotherham United full-back is available at the moment and has been since leaving Dundee last summer.

He guided his previous club to promotion from the Scottish Championship last year before heading out the exit door. The 52-year-old was also named Manager of the Year before departing alongside his assistant Billy Barr.

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Leighton Baines

The ex-Premier League full-back, who played in the top flight for Wigan Athletic and Everton, is looking to make a name for himself in the managerial world and Barrow should consider handing him his first role. He is currently working as the Under-18’s manager at Goodison Park.

Baines played 582 appearances in his career and scored 39 goals from left-back before hanging up his boots in 2020. He has since been with the academy set-up with the Toffees for the last four years.

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