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Avenue Retain Management Duo For The Coming Season

The Bradford Park Avenue management team of Mark Bower and Danny Boshell have signed contracts keeping them at the club until January 2019.

The pair, who took over the reigns with Bradford rock-bottom in September, have guided the club to safety with an impressive record of 12 wins and four draws from their 28 league games in charge.

Contracts were signed immediately after Avenue’s dramatic draw with champions-elect AFC Fylde, a result which secured the club’s National League North status for next term.

“We want to go on and finish what we’ve started, and not have the club in the position it’s been in this season,” Bower said.

“Danny and I are confident that we will have the resources to improve on the squad and build on the results we’ve achieved.

“If the season had started when we got our first win of the season at Altrincham, we’d be well inside the top half of the table.

“We’ve already started recruiting for next season and that will continue, and now we’re safe that just allows us to put a lot more concentrated effort into that.

“I’m not here to be in a relegation battle, I’m here to compete with the best in the league, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

The management team joined the club from Guiseley in September last year, after an impressive three years in charge at Nethermoor.

They earned promotion to the National League before even more impressively keeping Guiseley in non-league’s top flight last term.

Bower, a former Bradford City defender, first took charge of Guiseley in September 2013, leading the club to two successive fifth-placed finishes in the National League North.
Boshell, who scored in Avenue’s 1-1 draw with Fylde, joined with Bower as player-assistant, having held the same role at Nethermoor.

The central midfielder had been at Guiseley for six years prior to the move to Avenue, and has featured in the Football League for Grimsby Town and Oldham Athletic among others.

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