For this week’s Fan Feature, Bury fan Stephen Farrar looks at his club’s new manager as well as the expectations from here on in after a disappointing first half of the season. You can follow Stephen on Twitter at @steviebury.
David Flitcroft has been appointed manager this week…after a decent spell in the Championship with Barnsley, does the appointment excite you?
Yes. I think he was very unlucky to be sacked at Barnsley after doing a decent job. Last season he performed a great escape when they looked dead and buried after Keith Hill was sacked. This season he didn’t get off to the greatest start but without trying to upset any Tykes fans, they are not the biggest club in the Championship and from what I believe have one of the smallest budgets. If he is anything like when he was a player here I’m sure he will have the players running through walls for Bury Football Club.
Flitcroft has already said that he plans to reshape the team when the transfer window opens in January…what changes do you think need to be made?
Well….. Centre back is the main problem. Edjenguele & (former Cobblers defender) Nathan Cameron are very prone to making a few errors a game. First choice keeper Brian Jensen’s contract is up in January so that is another that needs filling. Left back is also a bit of a problem for us after experienced Gareth Roberts hasn’t really stepped up to the mark. They are the main areas he could do with strengthening but I will also suggest he gives some of the other players in the squad a game like Grimes, Holden etc.
What went so wrong in the early part of this season?
We actually started off really well. We competed very well against a very decent Chesterfield side in which the difference was them taking their chances. We then beat Crewe in the Capital One Cup after a very good performance. We played very well in the next game against Oxford only to lose out after 2 poor decisions by the officials. Then in the next few games we beat Accrington 3-0, Drew 2-2 at Burton after conceding in the last minute, scored 3 goals against Premier League Norwich although we did concede 6 and finally beat Cheltenham 4-1 to top off a very good August. Since then however we have lost all confidence, making gaffes in our box and missing sitters in the opponent’s box and completely bypassing midfield.
What were your expectations at the start of the season and how have they changed now?
At the start of the season I said top half because I was aware after last season’s financial issues we would be a club in transition and therefore shouldn’t expect to bounce straight back. Right now I would take anything above bottom 2 because I think if we can get through this season we can then keep the backbone of the squad, get rid of the deadwood and add a little more quality. Hopefully then next season we can be up and around the play-offs in the 2014/15 season.
And, finally, a prediction for Saturday’s game?
Sorry Cobblers but I think with the new manager effect we will manage to grab the win in this big six pointer, however we are still prone to an error at the back so i will go 2-1 to the mighty Shakers. All the best for the rest of the season and I hope you stay up as I have always enjoyed my trips to Northampton.
Just a quick added extra to any Cobblers coming to the JD Sta…. Gigg Lane, who like a great pint of real ale: get down to Trackside in the centre of Bury. Great atmosphere and great pint from the board of 10 real ales and it’s only £3 in a taxi to Gigg Lane or a 15 minute walk.
Bury FC Links…
Official Website: http://www.buryfc.co.uk/
BBC Sport Section: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/teams/bury
Local News Section: http://www.burytimes.co.uk/sport/football/shakers/
Stadium Guide: http://www.footballgroundguide.com/bury/index.htm