Following Salford City’s appointment of Derby County academy coach Gary Bowyer as manager until the end of the season, the Rams have acted quick to temporarily replace the 49-year-old.

Bowyer was appointed as Derby’s Professional Development Phase Coach ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, his primary role seeing him assist Senior Professional Development Phase Coach in running the club’s U23 side.

He is set to return once the campaign has drawn to a close in what is essentially a manager loan deal.

Bradford City v Wigan Athletic - Pre-Season Friendly
BRADFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Gary Bowyer manager of Bradford City applauds during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bradford City and Wigan athletic at Utilita Energy Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Bradford, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Following his Burton Albion sacking, fan favourite and former Ram Jake Buxton has stepped in to fill Bowyer’s role until he comes back, as per The Athletic.

 

Buxton was appointed as player/manager of the Brewers in May 2020, but was relieved of his duties last December with his side well and truly rooted to bottom of Sky Bet League One.

The 36-year-old spent seven years with Derby between 2009-2016 and was an integral part of Steve McClaren’s play-off final reaching side of 2013/14.

Derby County v Chelsea - Capital One Cup Quarter-Final
DERBY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Jake Buxton of Derby is challenged by Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final match between Derby County and Chelsea at Pride Park Stadium on December 16, 2014 in Derby, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

‘Bucko’ made 159 appearances for the Rams, notching 13 goals and nine assists in that time – it’s fantastic to see him back.

It is likely that a full-time position at the club could follow for Buxton should he be successful in his stint with the academy.

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