Bowley leaves Manchester City to become Rangers first-team coach

Bowley worked with Van Bronckhorst for a brief period at Manchester City

Bowley worked with Van Bronckhorst for a brief period at Manchester City

CERI BOWLEY has left Manchester City after three years to become first-team coach at Rangers.

The Welshman was appointed Head of Coaching Support at City in July 2019 and led the creation of the ‘City Football Methodology’, which covers coaching, sport science, performance analysis and talent identification and recruitment.

Prior to his role with the City Football Group, Bowley was Academy Director at Barry Town and a course leader at the University of South Wales.

Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst spent time at City in the summer of 2019, gaining experience of how the club - and City Football Group as a whole - operate.

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He said: "I worked with him (Bowley) a couple of years ago and built up a good relationship with him. He will join my staff and help all of us to improve our players, and the players will work closely with him to make sure their development goes faster.

"We have identified areas that we want to see improvement in, so I am really happy that he has joined us."

Sporting Director Ross Wilson added: "Firstly, a warm welcome to Ceri and we are really pleased that he joins our support staff. During the process to appoint Gio as our new manager, we discussed that we would retain an open position to add another coach into our group.

"We wanted that person to bring a different and wide skillset as we continue to develop our football methodology across the club. Ceri agreed to join some months ago and is now able to start following the conclusion of a notice period with the City Football Group."

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