Bowyer Claims Commitment To Blackburn
Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has claimed that he is committed to remaining at the club going into the new season. This statement comes after reports linking him with the managerial job at Leeds United. After the recent recover from an Italian businessman, Leeds United are widely expected to appoint Bowyer as the new manager. Despite the late recovery in form, Leeds finished well away from the play-off places, which is very important for the club to get into the Premier league.
Former Reading manager Brian McDermott has been consistently stating that he would not resign from the job. However, it seems that the club finally lost patience with him after the team finished several places below the play-off. They sacked the manager on Friday. The new man, who is expected to be appointed before the start of pre-season, is expected to handed a sizeable transfer kitty. Hence, Leeds United have become an attractive proposition in the eyes of many managers. Bowyer, though, has ruled out the possibility of joining the club.
Blackburn came close to sneaking into the play-offs in the final few weeks of the campaign. After having failed to do so, they will now be looking at challenging next season. "I can assure you that we've had no contact at Blackburn Rovers over Gary and I very much doubt whether we will do. Gary's very happy with his job at Blackburn and long may that continue," said managing director Derek Shaw. "I recently met with the owners in India and those discussions were both positive and constructive," said the manager.
Blackburn finished just two places below the play-offs last season, while only two points separated them from Reading in the final sixth place. Leeds recently revealed that they have as many as 10 managers lined up for the vacant position.