Blackpool boss believes Coleman is mustard

Gary Bowyer has paid tribute to his Accrington Stanley counterpart John Coleman
Gary Bowyer has paid tribute to his Accrington Stanley counterpart John Coleman
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Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer says he is “amazed” English managers like Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman aren’t given a chance to test their talents at a higher level.

Bowyer, who comes up against Coleman today, is a big fan of his Stanley counterpart.

“John Coleman has done a great job. It amazes that people don’t see that and take him higher. It’s a staggering story,” he said.

“It will certainly be a tough game against Accrington. Coleman has been there a number of years and you have to be given that sort of time to bed down your philosophy.

“The way that they play is fabulous so we know it’s going to be a footballing game. But at the same time, they have a wonderful work ethic as well.”

Coleman was one game away from leading Accrington to promotion last season, only to be beaten to third place by Bristol Rovers.

Having spent much of the season in the automatic promotion spots, Stanley lost to AFC Wimbledon in the play-offs.

Now in his second spell at the club, Coleman has also managed at Rochdale and Southport.

Bowyer added: “It’s getting to the stage now where there are foreign managers in League One and League Two.

“There is so much to being a good coach. There is the man management side, you’ve got to be able to handle the pressure, to make good decisions, rapport with the players and the media. And you never stop learning.

“A lot of the coaching used to be tell, tell, tell to the players – you do this, you do that. Now there’s a lot more focus on how they learn and how you engage them. That’s changed massively over the years, very similar to teaching in society overall.”

Bowyer is looking forward to welcoming back Henry Cameron, who earned his second cap for New Zealand against USA on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old has only recently returned from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Bowyer said: “We saw he came on but was then taken off. He’s due back here soon so we’re hopeful it wasn’t anything from an injury point of view. We’ve kept in touch with him and everything seems OK.

“We could just do with getting him some more football because he missed a big chunk last year.”