Date: 2nd June 2016 at 8:03pm
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Blackpool yesterday confirmed the appointment of Gary Bowyer as the new manager going into the 2016/17 season.

The 44 year old was formerly with Blackburn Rovers, and during his playing career turned out for Hereford United, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United, and he has been appointed on a one year rolling contract.

With Blackburn, he guided them to eighth and ninth placed Championship finishes in his first two seasons with them – and he had previously impressed during two caretaker spells at the club.

Today saw his first round of interviews with the media, and the Official Site have him admitting that it will be a tough and difficult year given everything that needs to be done after successive relegations.

‘We need to strengthen, there’s no doubt about that. We need some experienced heads in there to help the good young ones that we’ve got in the squad. It starts now and we’re working hard already in terms of getting players in and speaking to players. I’m really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead. I’ve already spoken to a few players this morning and late last night that have expressed an interest to come and play here. Hopefully we can get those deals done and try and bring some in so that on the first day of pre-season we hit the ground running.’

Bowyer went on to say that the fans can hopefully be guaranteed two things in the coming season, attacking football and a team that will be prepared to put a real shift in when they wear the shirt.

‘I pride myself on teams that are very hard working, competitive and that play attacking football. Throughout my time at Blackburn the likes of Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede scored loads of goals and we got the ball in the box for them. That’s exactly what we’ll be looking to do here. We’ve got to concentrate on what we can control and that’s our performances daily in training and on the pitch on match day. That’s something I’m really looking forward to doing and having a right good go at it.’

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