David Flitcroft is the new Bury Manager
by The Boy Holty
David Flitcroft is the fourth man in just under 16 months to be given control of Burys first team in what looks like a decent appointment. Flitcroft played for us in midfield for about 2 years not so long ago and was always a popular player. In coaching & management hes worked under Keith Hill at Rochdale and Barnsley and when Hill was sacked at Oakwell, Flicker stayed on as boss and saved them from relegation before being sacked a few weeks ago with his side bottom of the Championship.
His time working with Hill will have served him well (and should give the Bury v Rochdale games a bit of extra spice), while his time in the Championship will have earned him some valuable experience. The official statement says that he was offered bigger and better jobs but hes clearly the latest in a long line of people to be impressed enough with Stewart Day and what is happening at Gigg Lane to get on board with our quiet little revolution.
I dont want to go too overboard on what a good appointment this is because I did exactly that when we appointed Blackwell and then ended up looking like a tit when Blackwell proved incapable of meeting the challenge. However, I think it is a sensible appointment. Hes a fairly local lad, he knows the club, he knows league two (and how to get out of it) and will have his feet firmly on the ground. Hell know from day one what hes got to work with and I doubt hell start complaining when things dont go his way. Hes always impressed me in interviews with his attitude and approach and he comes across as a smart, sensible bloke.
Stewart Day has clearly received a number of applications for the job and some people have gone public with their desire to manage Bury. The likes of John Coleman and Nolberto Solano indicate the vast range of applicants, but Flitcroft is the man selected to take the club to where Day sees as our rightful place, and that is the Championship. Personally I wish hed stop going on about it like we think were bigger than we are, but I admire his ambition. It would be nice to get back there after our brief visit in the late 1990s.
We play the leagues bottom club Northampton on Saturday and David Flitcroft couldnt hope for a better fixture to kick things off. A good performance and result on Saturday and hell have the Bury public on his side from the off.
My final word goes to Ronnie Jepson who never tainted his popularity despite not being up to the job. He took on the role with relish, gave his all. He leaves Gigg with all our best wishes.