GARY Bowyer has revealed that he is keen to return to management – but insists there has been no contact from City.

The former Blackpool boss is strongly fancied for the Valley Parade vacancy and the Telegraph & Argus understands there has been interest.

In an interview with the Blackpool Gazette, Bowyer said: “As we speak I have had no contact.

“I’m like the majority of managers who are out of work. I’m trying to stay current and get round to watch games.

“You are waiting for an opportunity to arise at a club. Hopefully the people at that club then acknowledge what you have done in your previous jobs and feel you are fit to be the manager of their football club.”

Bowyer led Blackpool straight back up from League Two in his first season in charge and then stabilised their position in the third tier. But he quit the club after the opening game in August.

He added: “I have since been out to Spain watching some coaching and watching some games.

“I’ve been around the north-west. People have been very good with me.

“I went to watch Alex Neil train at Preston. He was very good and Paul Cook at Wigan was terrific with me.

“Keith Hill at Rochdale was very accommodating and open. All of them have been to be fair.

“I also had the privilege to go watch Rafa Beneitez at Newcastle.

“I have been to Wolves, Barnsley, Stoke, Tottenham, also watching different age groups and educating myself to do things you do not necessarily get an opportunity to do when you are a manager 24/7.”