Gary Bowyer says he is “saddened” at not having the chance to lead Dundee in the Scottish Premiership.
Bowyer, 51, left Dens Park on Wednesday, five days after winning the league title in the final match.
The former Blackburn and Salford City boss took over last June and had been bound with a return to Blackpool.
“I loved my time in Dundee and was excited to finish in the top six,” Bowyer said. said League Managers Association.
“I am saddened and disappointed not to have the chance to lead the team in the Scottish Premiership next season. Winning the Championship last Friday was an incredible night and also being named Championship Manager of the Season was very humbling.
“I definitely share both achievements with my team and players who worked hard and showed great skill and determination to get promoted the first time around. Thanks for the memories, it’s been an amazing season. Go the Dee.”
Bowyer also thanked chairman Tim Keyes and paid tribute to the supporters.
Dundee said on Wednesday they were “grateful” but “now is the time for certainty as we enter a critical summer”.
“Given the importance of the weeks and months ahead, I felt it was necessary to ensure that we are all aligned in the direction needed to get the club ready for their return to the Premiership,” said general manager John Nelms.
Former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan – Dundee’s technical director – will lead the search for a replacement, with former St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson among those believed to be in contention.
Bowyer, whose assistant Billy Barr also left the club, won 17 of his 36 league games and Dundee eventually claimed the title by five points. after beating nearest rivals Queen’s Park 5-3.
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