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    Former Bury Goalkeeping Coach Kevin Blackwell Returns as Manager.

    by The Boy Holty

    As a player, Blackwell played in non-league and the lower leagues. He played under Neil Warnock at Scarborough, Notts County and Torquay and coached under Warnock at Huddersfield and Plymouth and when Warnock took over at Bury in 1999, Blackwell joined him again as goalkeeping coach, eventually becoming assistant manager and when Colin moved to Sheffield United, he once again worked with him as assistant manager.

    He finally parted company with Warnock when he moved to Leeds as assistant manager under Peter Reid and then Eddie Gray before taking up his first full managerial role at Elland Road in 2004. Under enormous financial restrictions, he lead Leeds to a mid table finish in 2005 and then the play-off final in 2006, gaining much praise for his teams tactical displays. He was sacked a few weeks into the following season with Leeds in 23rd position in the Championship.

    In March 2007, he was named Luton Town manager and with the club in administration he was sacked the following January. In February 2008, he replaced Bryan Robson as Sheffield United manager with Sam Ellis as assistant, and they finished ninth. The following season they eventually lost 1-0 in the play-off final against Burnley. He was sacked early in the 2008/09 season.

    Blackwell has lots of qualifications and has coached all around the world since leaving Bramhall Lane.

    Thems the facts, no doubt you want my opinion. I think its a great appointment. He comes to Bury with a lot of experience, a fair amount of success and a lot of quality. Hes always done fairly well and is used to working under financial limitations. He knows the club and yet is far enough removed to be able to come in and make the changes that will be needed. Hes worked at some big clubs and will immediately command the respect of the players. Im pretty sure the fans will get right behind him as he aims to pick Bury up and get us moving up the league. Im so very very glad its not Henning Berg.