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‘Shouldn’t have sacked him’ – Bradford (Park Avenue) appoint former manager

Bradford (Park Avenue) have confirmed the appointment of their former first team manager Mark Bower following their 8-0 defeat at Brackley Town on Saturday.

Former Bradford City player Garry Thompson was let go earlier in the season and Marcus Law took over on an interim basis.

Law now departs with assistant Lee Fowler with Bower coming in for a second spell and brings in his assistant Danny Boshell.

The last game the duo were together was last season when Bradford (Park Avenue) lost to Spennymoor Town in the National League North playoffs.

Speaking on the appointment, Gareth Roberts said: “The club has endured a difficult time this year on and off the field but these issues have been dealt with and the club is ready to get back to winning ways. We obviously have a lot of confidence in Mark and Danny.”

Bower, who lead the Avenue to two successive National League North play off places joins the side at the start of a lull in league action, with the first team not due to take to the field until the 12th of October, when they face off against Hereford.

Talking about his return, Bower said: “I’m really pleased to be coming back. There’s no denying its a big job. We are where we are and have to be realistic, there’s no magic wand. It’s going to take a lot of hard work to turn it around.”

“I’ve spoken to Gareth, and off the pitch the club is going the right way and getting into a much better shape. To get it right on the pitch we need everyone pulling in the right direction, young players need supporting, lead by a core of experience.”

“It wont be easy. We will have some dark days but can’t dwell on those. We have to get everyone together, and work to get out of the bottom Two. The target is to stay up”

Addressing the club’s supporters he said: “We need your support more than ever. We’ve had some great times as a club over the past few years, with good wins and hard fought points, often times that been down to the ‘Twelfth Man’ effect. But now we need everyone to come together and fight for the Avenue, both on the pitch and in the stands.”

The club statement continued: “With this appointment, interim manager, Marcus Law and assistant, Lee Fowler have left the club.

“The board and all at the club would like to thank Marcus and Lee for their hard work and dedication under very difficult circumstances, and wish the pair every success in the future.

Speaking about their tenure, Gareth stated: “I would like to recognise and thank the interim management team of Marcus Law and Lee Fowler for stepping in at short notice and helping us out.”


After finding out that Mark Bower was reappointed as manager at Bradford Park Avenue, fans took to give their pleased reaction – see what they wrote by clicking on the next page.


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