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BREAKING: Forest Green and Cheltenham Town promotion rival sack manager

Bradford City have sacked manager Gary Bowyer after a run of seven games without a win.

Bowyer, leaves Bradford in 8th place, making them a promotion rival for both Cheltenham Town and Forest Green.

Cheltenham drew 1-1 away at Bradford just under a week ago, which turned out to be Bowyer’s last home game.

City were fighting for automatic promotion, however their bad run of form has seen them drop out of the play-offs.

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In a club statement, Chief Executive Julian Rhodes said: “I would like to thank Gary for his efforts over the past year.

“He came to the club at a difficult time and inherited a team heading for relegation, which we were unable to avoid.

“Gary built a squad over the summer that has proven it is capable of competing at the right end of Sky Bet League Two.”

The Bantams hope to appoint a new manager as soon as possible to help them get back into the play-off places.

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On the bad run of form, Rhodes went onto say: “Over the course of the last few months, results have undoubtedly declined.

“In view of recent events, we felt a change was necessary in order to compete for a play-off place.

“We would like to take this opportunity to wish Gary the very best for the future.”

Bowyer had been in charge for 10 months, taking over the reigns last season as Bradford could not save themselves from relegation

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