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Ryan ready to renew acquaintances

Nyambe set to take on old boss who handed him his debut

28 November 2017

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Ryan Nyambe insists he owes a lot to former Rovers boss Gary Bowyer ahead of Tuesday's trip to Bowyer's Blackpool, but says there'll be no old pals act from him.

Bowyer spent 11 years at Rovers, initially joining as an Under-18 coach back in 2004 before taking over the managerial reigns after two stints in caretaker charge of the first team at Ewood Park.

Departing in late 2015, he's since led Blackpool to promotion back to League One after a year away, with the Tangerines sitting five places below Rovers in the division prior to Tuesday's battle at Bloomfield Road.

And Ryan only has good words to say about the man who gave him his first team chance two years ago.

"I have a really good relationship with Gary Bowyer. He's someone I really owe a lot to," the teenager said.

"One memory that sticks in my mind is when I was 15. I came in for training and came off the bus and I walked past him and he called out my name. 

"I was really surprised that he knew who I was. It shows how diligent he was in looking at youth prospects even as young as me.

"A few years later and he gave me my debut, something which I'm really thankful for. It gave me real confident to kick on and stay focussed."

And despite having nothing but praise for his old manager, Nyambe's only aim is to win the game and with it, get one over ex-boss Bowyer.

"Gary helped me develop, put me on the bench a few times and gave me that experience. Despite all that, my game face will be on and I'll certainly be looking to ensure we get those three points," Ryan concluded.

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