The Rovers connections are in full swing as Salford City dispensed of the services of Gary Bowyer.

The former Rovers boss leaves after a 10th-placed finish in League Two, his first full season in charge after being handed a permanent contract last summer following an interim spell in charge.

In all, Bowyer won 27 of his 63 matches, but leaves his third club since his departure from Rovers in November 2015.

Bowyer, snapped up by Salford from his previous position as Derby County Under-23s manager, added Rovers Under-23s boss Billy Barr to his coaching team last summer.

Barr leaves along with Bowyer, with Salford making the announcement this afternoon.

Michael Appleton, another Rovers manager, is in line to take on the job having been heavily linked with the job since his departure from Lincoln City at the end of the season.

A club statement read: “Salford City Football Club announces the departure of First Team Manager Gary Bowyer from The Peninsula Stadium.

“A meeting was held earlier today and the club has made the decision to terminate Gary Bowyer’s contract along with assistant manager Billy Barr.

“The club would like to thank Gary and Billy for their hard work over the last season, and we wish them all the best for their future roles within football.

“An announcement regarding the role of first-team manager will be made in due course.”

Bowyer had a caretaker spell in charge of Rovers after the departure of Henning Berg in December 2012, and then again after the dismissal of Appleton in March 2013, before landing the job full-time that summer.

His time with Rovers saw him manage a total of 131 games, winning 47, with Rovers’ 70 points in 2013/14 still their highest Championship tally since relegation from the Premier League.

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