Carlisle United's League Two rivals Salford City have sacked manager Gary Bowyer and his assistant, the former Blues coach Billy Barr.

It is the latest in a string of managerial changes made by the big-spending Ammies since their arrival into the Football League.

Bowyer has paid the price for failing to lead Salford into the play-offs, with the club finishing tenth in the table.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool boss had been in charge at the Peninsula Stadium for just over a year.

And the decision sees ex-United man Barr also depart the club having been Bowyer's No2 since last August, the 53-year-old having previously been with Blackburn.

In a statement, Salford said: "Salford City Football Club announces the departure of first team manager Gary Bowyer from The Peninsula Stadium.

"A meeting was held earlier today and the club has made the decision to terminate Gary Bowyer’s contract along with assistant manager Billy Barr.

"The club would like to thank Gary and Billy for their hard work over the last season, and we wish them all the best for their future roles within football.

"An announcement regarding the role of first team manager will be made in due course."

It leaves Salford - who are owned by the 'Class of 92' Manchester United legends - looking for their fourth manager since they were promoted to the EFL in 2019, after the reigns of Graham Alexander, Richie Wellens and Bowyer.

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