New Bury Town assistant manager is likely to have playing role

Ben Chenery

Ben Chenery

New Bury Town boss Ben Chenery wants to appoint an assistant manager who can play a role on the pitch at Ram Meadow next season.

Chenery secured his Blues future yesterday, after a ‘difficult’ few weeks as caretaker manager, being handed the reins on a permanent basis.

During his short spell in temporary charge, Ipswich-born Chenery signed up 12 players for the forthcoming Ryman League Premier Division season, even though he was uncertain over his own future at the club.

He now wants to bolster his squad with an experienced head who can combine coaching and playing duties.

“I have an idea what I want in terms of recruiting a number two and it is someone who can ideally fulfil a coaching role and still be influential on the pitch,” said Chenery.

“I have always had someone in mind but I am very mindful of the constraints at the club.”

The former Blues and Chelmsford City assistant manager added: “I don’t think my transition from assistant to manager will be too dramatic and I will give everyone a chance to perform.

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“I will obviously have to take a step back though and my approach will be slightly different but every player is human and needs managing in different ways.”

Chenery steadied the ship at Bury following the departure of long-serving manager Richard Wilkins.

“It’s been a tricky time,”he admitted.

“There was the uncertainty as to whether or not I was getting the position and there was a lot of hard work to be done, signing players and getting things done so that the new season runs smoothly.

“It’s great to have everything sorted, I have faith in my own ability and I believe I am the right man for the job.”

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