Barrow AFC have announced former Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Dunn as their new manager.

Dunn, who won one England cap in 2002, replaces Ian Evatt, following his departure to Bolton Wanderers last week, and will guide the Bluebirds through their first season in the English Football League for 48 years.

The 40-year-old has signed a two-year contract for what is his first senior management role since a short spell as Oldham Athletic boss in the 2015/16 season.

He will be assembling his backroom staff over the coming weeks and has already started his task of strengthening AFC's squad ahead of the new campaign.

Chairman Paul Hornby said: “As soon as we knew David was available and wanted the position, we made him our number one target. He is an extremely talented coach and ticked all the boxes with the owners.

"His football philosophy and style of play is completely suited to how we are setup and he also knows a number of our players which met our requirements for a seamless transition.

After meeting David we knew he would be the man to take Barrow onto the next level.”

Dunn holds a UEFA A licence and joins the Bluebirds from Blackpool, where he had been assistant manager since January.

He took caretaker charge of the Seasiders for four games in February, after the sacking of Simon Grayson, and earned seven points from a possible 12 before Neil Critchley was appointed at Bloomfield Road.

Prior to this, Dunn coached Blackburn's under-23 team, while he was also a first team coach at the club for the back end of the 2016/17 season.

This came a year after a three-month spell as Oldham's manager, which happened at the end of what was a successful playing career.

In two spells with Blackburn, he made 378 appearances and scored 59 goals, winning the League Cup with them in 2002, the year in which he played for England in a friendly against Portugal.

He also played for Birmingham City between 2003 and 2007 after costing the Blues £5.5 million.