Barrow AFC Appoint New Manager After Ian Evatt Leaves For Bolton

Heading into their first season in the football league in 48 years, Barrow AFC will be lead by new manager David Dunn.

Dunn has signed a two year deal with the Bluebirds after working as Assistant Manager at Blackpool FC.

During Dunn’s time at Blackpool he also had a spell as caretaker manager winning two and drawing one in his four games in charge.

The former England international and Premier League player spent most of his career with Blackburn Rovers with spells at Birmingham City and Oldham Athletic, where he was to start his managerial career.

From Oldham Dunn was hired by Blackburn to become assistant coach of there Under 23 squad before taking some time away from football.

Dunn returned to football as Simon Greyson’s assistant before a spell in charge and returning to assistant manager with Neil Critchley.

Chairman Paul Hornby said: “As soon as we knew David was available and wanted the position we made him our number one target. He is an extremely talented coach and ticked all the boxes with the owners.

“His football philosophy and style of play is completely suited to how we are setup and he also knows a number of our players, which met our requirements for a seamless transition.

“After meeting David we knew he would be the man to take the club onto the next level.”

As eyes move onto the unknown of next season Dunn will at least know some of the players who will be at Barrow with Dior Angus, Bradley Barry, Patrick Brough, Joel Dixon, Lewis Hardcastle, Sam Hird, Josh Kay, Morgan Penfold, Scott Quigley, John Rooney and Jason Taylor all under contract and new contracts have being offered to Connor Brown and Jack Hindle.

While Matthew Elsdon, Josh Granite, Byron Harrison, Jonathan Saltmer, Luke Simpson and Mark Waddington have been released by the club.