Following a period under the interim stewardship of Marcus Law and assistant Lee Fowler, Mark Bower has agreed to return to Bradford (Park Avenue) alongside assistant manager Danny Boshell.
Speaking on the appointment, chairman Gareth Roberts said: “The club has endured a difficult time this year on and off the field but these issues have been dealt with and the club is ready to get back to winning ways. We obviously have a lot of confidence in Mark and Danny.”
Bower, who lead the Avenue to two successive National League North play-off places, joins the side at the start of a lull in league action, with the first team not due to take to the field until 12th October, when they face off against Hereford.
Talking about his return, Bower said: “I’m really pleased to be coming back. 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.”
Addressing the club’s supporters he said: “We need your support more than ever. We’ve had some great times as a club over the past few years, with good wins and hard fought points, often times that been down to the ‘twelfth man’ effect, but now we need everyone to come together and fight for the Avenue, both on the pitch and in the stands.”