ACADEMY manager Bobby Downes has left Blackburn Rovers.

Downes joined Rovers in 1997 and oversaw the conversion to Academy status, but has now left by mutual consent.

A number of players – including David Dunn, Martin Taylor, Paul Gallagher and Matt Derbyshire – progressed from the Academy to the first team during his time at the club.

Head of coaching Gary Bowyer will assume responsibility for the Academy until the appointment of a new Academy manager.