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Bury FC- Where has it all gone wrong?

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
The League One side were sitting pretty in a promotion spot at the start of October, but since then they've gone twelve games without a victory. That has cost one manager his job, and the club must get their next appointment right if they want to get back to winning ways quickly.

 

Cast your minds back to October 1st, if you can. On that day the real story in English football was not in the Premier League - but in League One. That was the date the league's then top two, Bury and Scunthorpe United, went head-to-head at the JD Sports Stadium (Gigg Lane). The hosts, second at that point, were coming into the game on the back of five straight league wins, and surely would have been confident of victory. On the day, however, it was the visitors who came out on top, claiming a 2-1 victory. At the time no one could have predicted what would follow.

The 3-1 victory at MK Dons four days prior to the meeting with Scunthorpe (27th September) remains the last time the club won a match, a run that currently stands at 12 games, the last two of which saw five goals shipped in back-to-back visits to Wimbledon, the first one of which cost manager David Flitcroft his job. Should the club fail to win at Sheffield United on Tuesday (22nd November) or at home to Millwall on Saturday (26th November) it will be 14 games, and two whole calendar months without a win.

The club now finds itself in 18th place in League One, and out of every cup competition. Just how did it fall apart so badly? Was Flitcroft simply unable to pick his players back up after such a big loss? Did the constant changing of the line-up simply ruin any consistency? Whatever the cause, there's almost no manager out there that could go 12 games without a win (including seven straight losses) and still be in their job at the end of it. The important thing for the club now is to get the next appointment right.

David Flitcroft - Sacked by Bury last week



For me, the job looks an attractive prospect. Having been literally seconds from being liquidated (the bailiffs were getting ready to put a padlock on the gates of Gigg Lane when it was bought) the club is now debt fee, self-sufficient and lives within its means. It operates within a strict transfer budget, and any further purchases must be funded by the department. The new chairman, Stuart Day, is in it for the long haul and put measures in place to ensure things never get to that stage again.

There's also no shortage of talent in the squad, with the likes of James Vaughan, Hallam Hope, Danny Mayor, Zeli Ismail and Neil Danns all on the books, the squad looks good enough to compete in League One rather than be battling relegation back to League Two.

So, where do the club look next? Do they look to extract an experienced manager from their current club, someone like Phil Brown from Southend United or Martin Allen from Barnet? These type of managers have the know how to get by in the Football League but would they be extractable from their current jobs?

Perhaps they look to experienced managers currently without a club? Would the likes of Paul Ince, Karl Robinson, Tony Mowbray or Kenny Jackett be persuaded to take it on? All have experience in the lower reaches of the Football League, and could likely be tempted by the opportunity available at Bury.
                      
                   
                              L/R Karl Robinson, Tony Mowbray, Kenny Jackett

Or perhaps the club will look to the newer generation of leader. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Gary Caldwell are young, promising managers currently out of work. Would the club take a chance on Fergie disciple Ryan Giggs, or perhaps even try a player manager and turn to Steven Gerrard?
             
Ryan Giggs (left) and Gary Caldwell (right)

Whoever it is that steps into the dugout next at Bury, they have a good set-up a strong squad and a very good chairman waiting for them. For someone ,the job represents an exciting challenge. I look forward to finding out who that someone is.
Jonathan Kahn

I love the Premier League and I am a season ticket holder at Manchester United. However, I do follow my local club Bury FC as much as possible. I'm a lover of all things related to football, especially like the odd game of FIFA and more than the odd game of Football Manager. If you don't find me talking about actual football you will usually find me talking about Fantasy Football. I'm a self-confessed addict. 

I'm definitely a football addict.


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