Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer is on Barnsley’s shortlist for their new manager, as per a report by HITC Sport.

The Tykes have been linked with the likes of Mick McCarthy, Paul Simpson, Swansea U23 coach Cameron Toshack and St. Mirren boss Jack Ross in recent days, but Gary Bowyer is the latest name to emerge.

The 46 year-old has been in charge of Blackpool since June 2016 and he guided them to promotion in his first season in charge courtesy of a Play-Off final win against Exeter City. They are now 17th in League One and look likely to stay up this season.

Bowyer had previously managed Blackburn Rovers in the Championship and did a decent job there as they finished 8th and then 9th in his two seasons at the club. He was harshly sacked in November 2015, but was given the opportunity to get back into the game by Blackpool, which he has grasped with both hands.

Before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 2004, initially as their U18s coach, Bowyer worked at Ilkeston, Carshalton Athletic and Derby County after retiring as a player. He played for the likes of Hereford United, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United as a full-back.

There is not much surprise to the news that Bowyer is being looked at by Barnsley. He deserves more credit for the work he has done at Blackpool under poor ownership and problems off the pitch.

He will face tough competition for the role with Barnsley also looking at other candidates. They will be hoping to find a replacement for Paul Heckingbottom soon.



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