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Blackburn Rovers make sensible decision for a change


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Blackburn Rovers have appointed caretaker boss Gary Bowyer as their new manager on a permanent basis, and for once it seems a sensible decison.

The 41-year-old, who previously held the role of reserve-team boss, had two spells in temporary control of the first team during the 2012-13 season.

Bowyer will be in charge at Ewood Park on a 12-month rolling contract.

"It is a huge honour and a proud moment for me. I have been at the club for nine years and I know the traditions," said Bowyer.

"The foundation of the club was built on hard work and that is what we need to produce.

"The supporters want to see the players out there playing for the shirt and giving it their all.

"We need the players to show the same passion that the fans gave us during our last six games where we just lost the once."

Rovers, who guaranteed Championship survival in the final week of the campaign, achieved six wins during his 13 games at the helm.

Bowyer was one of five men to take charge at Ewood Park last term and his first stint, an unbeaten run of four matches, came after the dismissal of Henning Berg in December.

With nine games of the season to go, Bowyer again took caretaker charge of Rovers after Michael Appleton had been sacked in March.

Blackburn slipped into the bottom three on 6 April but gained 11 points from their last six league games to finish 17th in the Championship, four points above the relegation zone.

The permanent appointment of Bowyer is thought to be a popular one with the Rovers squad.

'Rovers need stability, and Bowyer has shown he is a cool head in what was a maelstrom of a season. In the circumstances he did miracles to keep Rovers up last term. This may prove to be the Vvenky's best decision since they took over the club.' says FTD Director John Booth


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