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20 May 2022

GARY BOWYER STATEMENT

"Whilst disappointed that Billy Barr and I are no longer in charge at Salford City, the last few days have given me time to reflect on our tenure and I would now like to take this opportunity to thank several people.

"I would like to thank Karen Baird, chairman, and the owners for the opportunity to manage the club in its third full season in the football league. Personally, managing the club allowed me the opportunity to complete 300 games as a football league manager and it has been an experience that I will learn a great deal from. I would also like to thank the committee for all your hard work and for educating me on the history of the club with your fantastic stories, it was a pleasure listening to you.

"I would also like to thank the fans for your fantastic backing throughout the season, especially the fancy dress day at Stevenage. I really valued and enjoyed our relationship especially with those of you behind the dugout!! I will miss “Dirty old town” being sung.

"To the staff, you have been amazing. To create and build the environment we did, in some challenging circumstances, and with five new staff members joining the club during the season, is testament to all your efforts and your professionalism. The support you gave me will always be remembered and I thank you for your company as well. To Billy Barr, I could not have wished for a better coach, and person, to share this experience with and I thank you for your energy, hard work and knowledge.

"To the players, you have been a wonderful group to work with and I have really enjoyed watching you grow, individually and collectively. I thank you for the learnings that you have allowed me to take away. I have loved how open and honest you have been and how you all contributed to building our team culture.  

"This group had to contend with injuries to key players at the start of the season, yet the successful January window gave us the chance to mount a challenge for the play-offs which saw us lose only 3 games in the last 18. Our last 30 games would have had us in 4th position. I felt that this form would give us a platform to build on for next season, but I understand the football industry and respect the owners’ right to make decisions that they feel are in the best interests of their football club.  I genuinely wish them well for next season and the future."