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Gloucester could appoint ex-England player and Premier League winner as new manager

Gloucester City could potentially be about to appoint an ex-England player and Premier League winner as their new manager.

The National League North side recently lost their boss James Rowe after he chose to make a switch to league above Chesterfield earlier this month.

Interviews set to take place next week to appoint Rowe’s successor and one contender is Tim Flowers, it has been revealed.

Credit: Solihull Moors

It was only three months ago that Macclesfield Town chose to appoint him as their new manager, following the departure of Mark Kennedy, who left after relegation from the League Two table was confirmed, before the National League chose not to accept them and then they were wound up, before being taken over by Robbie Savage and co.

After starting his professional career at Wolverhampton Wanderers back in 1984, Flowers went on to become one of the most respected goalkeepers of his generation.

A move to Southampton followed, where he made just under two-hundred appearances for The Saints between 1986 and 1993.

It was at this point that Flowers made the move north to join Blackburn Rovers for a £2.4m fee, which made him the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain.

Rovers were to finish second during his inaugural season at Ewood Park, but were to go one better twelve months later – as they historically lifted the Premier League trophy after conceding just thirty-nine goals all season.

Tim was to go on to enjoy spells at Leicester City (where he lifted the 2000 League Cup), Stockport County, Coventry City and Manchester City, before transitioning into the coaching world after making five-hundred senior playing appearances.

Flowers was also manager at Solihull Moors where he boasted an impressive record within the National League.

Over 102 games, Flowers achieved forty-nine victories and twenty-eight draws as he took the Moors to a memorable second-placed finish back in 2019.

In addition to this, Tim has also been Assistant Manager at Queens Park Rangers, Hull City and Kidderminster Harriers.

1984–1986 – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 63 games
1986–1993 – Southampton – 192 games
1987 → Swindon Town (loan) – 7 games
1993–1999 – Blackburn Rovers – 177 games
1999–2003 – Leicester City – 54 games
2001 → Stockport County (loan) – 4 games
2002 → Coventry City (loan) – 5 games
2002 → Manchester City (loan)
Total – 500 games

National team
1987 – England U21 – 3 games
1993–1998 – England – 11 games

2010–2011 – Stafford Rangers
2011 – Northampton Town (caretaker)
2013 – Northampton Town (caretaker)
2018–2020 – Solihull Moors
2020- Macclesfield Town

Marcus Bignot, Tim Flowers, Scott Lindsey and David Oldfield are all contenders for the Gloucester City manager’s job.

Marcus Bignot is currently in charge of National League North side Guiseley and previously managed Solihull, who he led to the National League North title in 2015/16, Grimsby and Chester, along with a spell as interim assistant manager at Barrow. He has also managed Birmingham City Ladies.

Scott Lindsey was assistant manager of Forest Green when they won promotion to the EFL for the first time in their history in 2016/17.

He left the club for personal reasons last year, but has since led Chatham Town to the top of the Southern Counties East League Premier Division.

David Oldfield, who was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s number two at Burton and QPR, is currently in charge of Oxford City, who play Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup second round on Sunday.

The ex-Man City and Leicester midfielder has also managed Brackley Town and acted as caretaker boss at Oxford United and Peterborough.

The deadline for applications is Monday, with interviews set to take place from Wednesday.

Gloucester could appoint ex-England player and Premier League winner Tim Flower as their new manager, but would you like to see him appointed or do you have someone else in mind? Let us know in the comments below.

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