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Bury Town boss Ben Chenery back home and resting after heart attack scare

PUBLISHED: 15:59 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:59 28 March 2018

Bury boss Ben Chenery, back home and resting after heart scare.

Bury boss Ben Chenery, back home and resting after heart scare.

Bury Town boss Ben Chenery is back home and resting after being rushed to Papworth Hospital last week.

The former Cambridge United and Luton Town defender, 41, suffered a suspected heart attack. Fortunately the diagnosis was not as serious, although inflammation of the heart is still concerning enough for him to be taking life easier right now.

“It just came from nowhere,” Chenery said.

“I suppose lots of people of my age group rush around a great deal in our busy lives. Football management is also stressful and unless you are a football manager yourself, it’s difficult to understand.

“As football managers we dwell on things, even if we win we are straightaway thinking of the next game. If we lose you are always looking at what went wrong.

“It’s constant and that’s the job. I do love it. But obviously this has made me sit back a bit and take stock.

“I’m having a good rest right now, not something I’m good at but it’s the right thing to do and I’m feeling much better.

“I have a good family around me and it’s important I take things easy.”

On the pitch, Chenery’s Blues are staging a late push for the play-offs.

With young Ipswich Town academy products Jack Lankester and Brett McGavin signed for the rest of the season, Bury Town have enjoyed a fruitful period of three straight Bostik North wins.

Even more impressively are the teams they have beaten, Canvey Island, Heybridge and Maldon & Tiptree.

“We lost to Grays a few weeks ago and were disappointed,” Chenery said.

“We had a weekend off and got ourselves back together. Then we beat Needham Market in the Premier Cup semi-final and I’m so pleased for our fans they are going to Portman Road for a final.

“They have stuck by me and I’m glad we now have a chance to perhaps get some cup glory.

“I was at the Canvey game, but then I was taken ill and I’ve tried to keep the phone in the drawer since, although I kept having a quick look when we were playing Heybridge and Maldon.”

Bury won both games and Chenery has nothing but praise for his team.

“I just want to thank all the coaches, management, the players and everyone at Bury for their support in what has been a difficult time.

“I’m so proud, especially of the players who have done so well.”

Bury will meet Leiston in the Suffolk Premier Cup final – and Chenery would like nothing more than to lead his side out.

“I’m hoping to be at the Sudbury game at Ram Meadow on Easter Monday, but I’ll not be involved,” he said.

“As I said, it’s important to take things easy for now.”

Bury chairman Russell Ward added: “It was obviously a great shock for us all at Bury when the news broke.

“We just want Ben to get himself fully fit, that’s the most important thing. We have an experienced team of coaches and players who are doing a terrific job with Ben not about.”

On Saturday, Bury travel to Tilbury and then on Easter Monday are at home in the west Suffolk derby to AFC Sudbury.

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