Bury Town caretaker manager Ben Chenery committed to Blues’ cause, despite his future remaining unclear

Ben Chenery

Ben Chenery

Ben Chenery accepts his situation at Bury Town isn’t ideal, but remains fully committed to plotting the Blues’ path in the Ryman Premier Division next season.

Assistant manager last term, the former Cambridge defender took caretaker charge of the Blues last month, following long-serving boss Richard Wilkins’ exit.

During his short tenure, Chenery has secured nine players for next season’s campaign and is keen to prolong his stay at Ram Meadow.

However, he is also realisitic enough to know that he may have to seek pastures new.

“In an ideal world you would like a quick resolution, but I fully appreciate the club’s situation,” said Chenery.


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“I am sure I will be sat down with all the other people interested in the job at the right time and when a decision is made, it will be the right one for the football club’s future.

“In the meantime, players want to know what is going on and it is important that there is someone for them to speak to.”

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He added: “I have a great faith in my own ability and I am fortunate to have played under some good managers as a professional and then been an assistant at Chelmsford and Bury.

“I have always been happy being an assistant, as my work has dictated a lot of things, but I believe things happen for a reason and an opportunity has arisen and I am ready to take it.”

Bury have already lost key man Tom Bullard this summer, the long-serving defender moving to Leiston, while influential figures such as Ryan Semple, David Bridges, Shane Tolley and Russell Short departed last season when the club encountered lean financial times.

Asked if this season was all about the Blues being able to stay in the Ryman Premier, Chenery explained: I haven’t been given a remit at all for next season but I am sure the discussion will take place at the right time.

“Bury Town is a big non-league club, which likes to win games and is always competitive.

“It is keen to make progress and there are a lot of positive things happening off the pitch.

“In terms of signings, there is a lot of competition between a large number of teams for a small pool of players in this area, but we will be looking to bring in three or four more targets and make sure we have as strong a squad as possible.”

Already signed up are former Walsham-Le-Willows pair Jack Brame and Nathan Clarke

“I am a great believer in looking at players at the lower levels and I am keen to coach players on the way up,” said Chenery.

“They will have to be coached and, at times, patience will be needed with them, because they are going to make mistakes, but they have that hunger and desire and want to learn.

“They (Brame and Clarke)came in last season at a testing time, but arrived with no baggage and did themselves a lot of justice. They were a breath of fresh air and are ready to make the step up.”

Chenery has also brought in prolific Ipswich Wanderers striker Remi Garrett and midfielder Connor Hall, while Seb Dunbar and Billy Clark have signed new deals.

Joe Whight, meanwhile, enters the second year of his contract, while Liam Wales and Ross Bailey have committed themselves to the club.

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