GARY Bowyer was today sacked by Bradford City.

The 48-year-old was in charge for 11 months before the axe fell after Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Oldham.

It was City's second consecutive away loss by the same margin and they have gone seven games without a win to drop out of the play-off places.

Interim chief executive Julian Rhodes said: "I would like to thank Gary for his efforts over the past year.

"He came to the club at a difficult time and inherited a team heading for relegation, which we were unable to avoid.

"Gary built a squad over the summer that has proven it is capable of competing at the right end of Sky Bet League Two.

"However, over the course of the last few months, results have undoubtedly declined.

"In view of recent events, we felt a change was necessary in order to compete for a play-off place.

"We would like to take this opportunity to wish Gary the very best for the future."

Bowyer, who succeeded David Hopkin, took charge for 42 league games. He won 14 - the last on New Year's Day against Morecambe - and lost 15.