New Bury manager David Flitcroft won over by chairman Stewart Day's vision for the club

DAVID Flitcroft has vowed to help Bury chairman Stewart Day realise his vision of propelling the struggling League Two club into the Championship within five years.

The Bolton-born former Shakers player, who was sacked as manager of Barnsley last month, said it took him just 30 minutes to be won over by Day.

And the 39-year-old now hopes to repay the chairman’s faith in him.

“We are blessed here at this football club by a really forward-thinking board that shares a vision of going places,” he said.

“Within 30 minutes of meeting Stewart I knew I wanted to work for him. Now I want Stewart and this board and our fans to be part of something special.”

Flitcroft made more than 100 appearances for Bury between 2004 and 2006 after being brought to the club by Graham Barrow.

He returns with a wealth of coaching experience under his belt after working as assistant to Keith Hill at Rochdale and at Oakwell, before going on to replace him as Tykes boss.

Flitcroft defied the odds to keep Barnsley in the Championship in his first season, but was sacked after less than a year in charge, with the club bottom of the table.

But after spending just 10 days without a job, he was straight out onto the training pitch today after agreeing terms to take over the hotseat last night.

“It’s a shock to be back involved so soon, but I am as excited now as I was when I first started playing football,” he said.

“There’s a real feel-good factor about the place and it’s a project that I really want to get my teeth stuck into.

“I want to get into every avenue of this football club.

“I see a bigger picture.

"Yes we are a League Two club and yes we are down near the bottom of the Football League, but we have a great aspiration to win a lot of football matches this season, next season and after that.

"There’s a real determination to get us out of this league and beyond that and that’s why I wanted to be part of this journey.”

The club announced last night that caretaker boss Ronnie Jepson, who led Bury to two wins, five draws and three defeats from his 10 league and cup matches in charge, would be leaving with immediate effect.

And it was confirmed this morning that Fred Barber, the former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeping coach, would also be leaving, although reserve team coach Ben Futcher has been retained.

Jepson, who took over from Kevin Blackwell following his sacking in October, believes he has left behind a squad capable of competing for honours in League Two, despite their current 20th position.

He said: “I have galvanised the lads together and Flitters (David Flitcroft) has got a good set of players. With two or three additions it will be a top team.

“I have got the hard games out of the way. Flitters has a nice four games coming up that are all winnable. So he should get off to a good start and I wish him well.”

Flitcroft’s first game in charge is at home to second-bottom Northampton Town on Saturday. Bury then face a long trip to Plymouth (Dec 21) before ending the year with two home matches against Scunthorpe (Boxing Day) and York (December 29). 

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9:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

Q- Jepson:-
“I have got the hard games out of the way. Flitters has a nice four games coming up that are all winnable. So he should get off to a good start."
WHAT !!! HARD GAMES..............2 Games against Cambridge before wimpering out of the FA Cup.
You are a decent chap Ronnie, but don't make the mistake of saying anymore.
Instead of everyone feeling sympathy for you being in the wrong place and time and linked to the loudmouthed whale KB. And of course now being out of work at the worst time of year Christmas. You'll lose fans respect as well.

I believe we the fans were mislead. 'The Period of Stability' was purely an excuse and red herring. It would have been OK to be just told the truth.
"We won't be rushed, the appointment the right man as the next manager is vital to the success of the project".
That's fine. We understand also you are new to this unique 'football business'. We the fans would have been expecting that, but not being fed a smokescreen so the Board would not be bugged by everyone about it till Jan 1. Giving themselves time to act without the pressure on THEM!!! Not stability to professional players! Their plan worked to keep a lot of heat off them while they looked around, but it backfired on the playing side as it created even worse instability than it's publicised 'intentions'.
Can we learn from this please. Despite what some might think, not all football fans are thick. Tell us the truth. You could have been very close to being at a game soon that you would have been quite lonely at. To not know and be excluded, most people would eventually just despair and lose the passion drifting away and to do other things.
Always remember!! What makes the football business totally unique is that the financial ownership of a few, are in partnership with the spiritual and cultural ownership of thousands. Like a Siamese Twin with 2 heads but only 1 HEART.

..............game on now. lets crush Northampton in front of 4 to 5 thousand!!!
Q- Jepson:- “I have got the hard games out of the way. Flitters has a nice four games coming up that are all winnable. So he should get off to a good start." WHAT !!! HARD GAMES..............2 Games against Cambridge before wimpering out of the FA Cup. You are a decent chap Ronnie, but don't make the mistake of saying anymore. Instead of everyone feeling sympathy for you being in the wrong place and time and linked to the loudmouthed whale KB. And of course now being out of work at the worst time of year Christmas. You'll lose fans respect as well. I believe we the fans were mislead. 'The Period of Stability' was purely an excuse and red herring. It would have been OK to be just told the truth. [ Board ] "We won't be rushed, the appointment the right man as the next manager is vital to the success of the project". That's fine. We understand also you are new to this unique 'football business'. We the fans would have been expecting that, but not being fed a smokescreen so the Board would not be bugged by everyone about it till Jan 1. Giving themselves time to act without the pressure on THEM!!! Not stability to professional players! Their plan worked to keep a lot of heat off them while they looked around, but it backfired on the playing side as it created even worse instability than it's publicised 'intentions'. Can we learn from this please. Despite what some might think, not all football fans are thick. Tell us the truth. You could have been very close to being at a game soon that you would have been quite lonely at. To not know and be excluded, most people would eventually just despair and lose the passion drifting away and to do other things. Always remember!! What makes the football business totally unique is that the financial ownership of a few, are in partnership with the spiritual and cultural ownership of thousands. Like a Siamese Twin with 2 heads but only 1 HEART. ..............game on now. lets crush Northampton in front of 4 to 5 thousand!!! RONNIEJAWS

9:49pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Ex Pat of Bury says...

Let us see some passion now and self control in front of goal,be in control of the ball show the fans you are Professional,it is not always ncessary to try to knock a hole in the back of the net,as long as it ends up there that is fine.Come on Bury.
Let us see some passion now and self control in front of goal,be in control of the ball show the fans you are Professional,it is not always ncessary to try to knock a hole in the back of the net,as long as it ends up there that is fine.Come on Bury. Ex Pat of Bury

3:56am Wed 11 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

Good article...Mr Day is the REAL DEAL... well done again Mr. Day!!
Good article...Mr Day is the REAL DEAL... well done again Mr. Day!! easylife44

7:39am Wed 11 Dec 13

mammol says...

Knew it !! Jepson lost the plot along with Blackwell he now states he had done all the hard work ?? and games winnable ? hang on motor mouth no 2 you couldent manage to beat Cambridge twice (none league ) Mansfeild and Newport (none league last season ) having you two in charge was kind of like puting a rat in charge of a cheese factory !! you are both made of the same ilk and deserve each other and to be were you are On the dole !!
we can now move on knowing we have a manager who has got a clue and a plan A and B so again lets all forget the past 16 months and give everyone all our support and UNDERSTANDING !! not start boing if it go`s wrong over the next 4 games time is needed by all.good luck David
Knew it !! Jepson lost the plot along with Blackwell he now states he had done all the hard work ?? and games winnable ? hang on motor mouth no 2 you couldent manage to beat Cambridge twice (none league ) Mansfeild and Newport (none league last season ) having you two in charge was kind of like puting a rat in charge of a cheese factory !! you are both made of the same ilk and deserve each other and to be were you are On the dole !! we can now move on knowing we have a manager who has got a clue and a plan A and B so again lets all forget the past 16 months and give everyone all our support and UNDERSTANDING !! not start boing if it go`s wrong over the next 4 games time is needed by all.good luck David mammol

10:57am Wed 11 Dec 13

shakingallover says...

Jepson lost just three games out of ten. I think the vitriol being shown against him is a little uncalled for. We have a new manager and lets hope that the promised 'Revolution' finally gets underway. Shakers till I die.
Jepson lost just three games out of ten. I think the vitriol being shown against him is a little uncalled for. We have a new manager and lets hope that the promised 'Revolution' finally gets underway. Shakers till I die. shakingallover

1:57pm Wed 11 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

Read the Manchester evening news piece on the bbc.....He is ready
Read the Manchester evening news piece on the bbc.....He is ready easylife44

9:33pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Lolz08 says...

A man who didn't think twice before taking the job of his 'best mate' is a man not to be trusted.

Time will be my judge,

Tinpot club, tinpot fans.
A man who didn't think twice before taking the job of his 'best mate' is a man not to be trusted. Time will be my judge, Tinpot club, tinpot fans. Lolz08

9:41pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Eileenshakers says...

What a load of tosh you write lolz 08 go back to the playground troll .
What a load of tosh you write lolz 08 go back to the playground troll . Eileenshakers

10:47am Thu 12 Dec 13

shakingallover says...

Lolz08 .... I'm guessing Dale fan. Looks like you've reached your zenith (look it up) just as we're rising from our nadir (look it up). Wouldn't mind nicking Gary Dicker off you in January. We've passed each other once this season in the league standings ... we'll give you a wave as we pass you again. Hope your relegation battle isn't too traumatic (look it up).
Lolz08 .... I'm guessing Dale fan. Looks like you've reached your zenith (look it up) just as we're rising from our nadir (look it up). Wouldn't mind nicking Gary Dicker off you in January. We've passed each other once this season in the league standings ... we'll give you a wave as we pass you again. Hope your relegation battle isn't too traumatic (look it up). shakingallover

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