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Bowyer in charge at Manchester United after Derby County return confirmed

The 49-year-old coach has been in temporary charge of League Two Salford City since March

Derby County Academy coach Gary Bowyer has confirmed his return to the club after his stint managing League Two side Salford City.

The 49-year-old former Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool and Bradford City boss took temporary charge of the Ammies in March but, after narrowly missing out on the play-offs, will resume his duties with the Rams Academy, assisting Senior Professional Development Phase Coach Pat Lyons in the running of the under-23 side.

Bowyer said he will leave Salford with mixed emotions after confirming his spell had come to an end following the last league game of the campaign.

A comfortable 3-0 victory against Leyton Orient proved to be in vain in a fixture where Salford learned of their fate at half-time, with kick-off having been delayed by an hour due to adverse weather conditions and play-off rivals Forest Green victorious.

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April’s League Two Manager of the Month Bowyer, whose side missed out on the play-offs by two points, said of his future: “The agreement was until the end of the season and unfortunately it’s the end of the season, so I’ll be with Derby’s under-23s on Monday night at Manchester United.

“It’s a mixture of emotions, it’s like getting one of those fake lottery tickets. You can’t say ‘it was down to that game’, it was over the course of the season and unfortunately, we’ve just fallen short.

“I think the response from the players in how they’ve been in their day-to-day work and in games has been fantastic. ”

Bowyer took charge in March following the departure of Richie Wellens, with Salford ninth in the table, six points off the play-offs.

He added: “I think we’ve lost three games since we’ve been here and all three were 1-0 so that shows you how tight the games were and how hard they’ve pushed.

“We got ourselves in a really good position last week (1-0 defeat at Colchester) but unfortunately a sending off which was very harsh shaped that game, but you can’t just say it’s down to one game.

“You’re in this sport for the competition and the way we’ve been brought up, whatever we played whether it was tiddlywinks with my little nephew or whatever, you beat him, so we’re disappointed that we’re not in there (play-offs).”

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