MARK BOWER has played down speculation about a possible shock return to Bradford (Park Avenue) after leaving only three months ago.

The club announced last night that player-manager and assistant, Garry Thompson and Shaun Gardner, had been let go after just two games.

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Since then rumours have emerged that former manager Bower - who runs his own estate agents, Hamilton Bower - could be being lined up for a return.

The ex-Bradford City player endured a successful tenure at Horsfall Stadium and was spotted there for the 5-0 loss against Guiseley on Tuesday.

But Bower has confirmed there has been no contact from Avenue and that people have possibly but "two and two together".

Bower said: "I spoke to Gareth (owner Gareth Roberts) three or four weeks ago about sponsoring for the fence.

"We like to keep our eye in, in the conference. At some point I'd like to get back involved."

In his time with Avenue, Bower managed two play-off finishes and would be willing to speak to the club if the opportunity arose.

He said: "I got on well with a lot of people there and spoke to them.

"It's a shame to see the position they're in at the minute.

"But I'm sure they'll get other options."

Bower admits he is busy with business at the minute, but does attend different Conference games regularly and will be seeing another this weekend.

He added: "I've not heard anything and I'm not expecting to.

"We go to games, because at some point something could come up and you need a knowledge of the level you're at.

"But I've not spoke to anyone about football matters for a long time."