Avenue re-appoint Bower

The ‘new’ Bradford (Park Avenue manager Mark Bower

Bradford (Park Avenue) have persuaded Mark Bower to return as manager, six months after he left the club by mutual consent.

The reappointment completes six months of utter chaos at Horsfall Stadium which began with the exit of Bower.

Rookie Garry Thompson replaced him, but was gone after the first two National North matches of the season after consecutive 5-0 defeats.

Marcus Law came in as interim boss and initially results improved, but then deteriorated again with the 8-0 defeat to Brackley Town – one of the worst results in the club’s reformed history.

Now Bower is back with the plan to repeat the trick he completed in 2017 – keeping Avenue in the National North.

“I’m really pleased to be coming back,” he said.

“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.”

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