New Bury boss David Flitcroft ready for Gigg shake-up

BURY fans can expect to see another glut of new faces in January as new manager David Flitcroft bids to reshape the Shakers squad in his image.

Previous manager Kevin Blackwell recruited 25 players during a hectic summer, and while interim boss Ronnie Jepson brought in a handful of quality loan signings during his 10 matches in charge, Flitcroft has promised further additions in the next transfer window.

“Those players I’ve identified are hungry, they want to be part of what we are doing,” said the 39-year-old former Barnsley boss.

“There are a lot of players out there that are not playing a lot of first-team football and we will be working on that in January.”

Flitcroft was straight out on to the training pitch on Tuesday as he bid to prepare his players for the weekend’s relegation six-pointer at home to second-bottom Northampton Town.

Bury have just two more points than Saturday’s opponents. And while the cavalry may yet arrive next month, Flitcroft has challenged his current crop of players to eke out as many points as possible from the final games of 2013.

“With the squad we have got here, we’ve got to mould that in the next four games into something that is competitive and get some points on the board,” he said.

After Northampton, Bury face a long trip to Plymouth (Dec 21) before ending the year with two home matches against Scunthorpe (Boxing Day) and York (December 29).

The current Shakers players have been given a clear indication that they will be playing for their futures at the club in those matches.

And while Flitcroft, an ex-Shaker who played more than 100 matches for the club between 2004 and 2006, says he wants to create a home from home for his players, he admits some will have to fly the nest.

“When I first came here I was possibly going out of football,” he revealed. “I had a couple of bad moments and Graham Barrow sort of rescued me and brought me into the football club.

“I want to try and carry on that mindset because, what I found here was a club that respected what I did as a player.

“They gave me a home from home and that’s something now I want to create for my players.”

But he added: “Everything I do from this point on will be professional, not personal.

“If a certain player doesn’t fit what we are trying to do from a football view, then I’ll be honest with that player and I’ll let him know where he stands.”

Flitcroft is also busy in negotiations with possible candidates for his backroom staff.

Ben Futcher is staying on as a coach, but other positions still to be filled include goalkeeper and distribution coach and assistant manager, with Alan Knill's number two Chris Brass thought to be in the running for that post.

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8:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

Sounds Great !! Just what I have been wishing for Christmas.
Lets now see how much some players want to play for Bury over the next 4 games, and who also doesn't want to start 2014 looking for a new job? I think that'll be very interesting in itself.
Sounds Great !! Just what I have been wishing for Christmas. Lets now see how much some players want to play for Bury over the next 4 games, and who also doesn't want to start 2014 looking for a new job? I think that'll be very interesting in itself. RONNIEJAWS

9:34pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Lolz08 says...

Trust in a man who took his 'best mates' job. Typical Bury.

Tinpot club, tinpot fans.
Trust in a man who took his 'best mates' job. Typical Bury. Tinpot club, tinpot fans. Lolz08

10:13pm Wed 11 Dec 13

longtimeshaker says...

Lolz08 wrote:
Trust in a man who took his 'best mates' job. Typical Bury.

Tinpot club, tinpot fans.
stick to one of your glory hunting clubs , true fans watch their own towns/citys club ..we support our local club ...wonder if you do ????
[quote][p][bold]Lolz08[/bold] wrote: Trust in a man who took his 'best mates' job. Typical Bury. Tinpot club, tinpot fans.[/p][/quote]stick to one of your glory hunting clubs , true fans watch their own towns/citys club ..we support our local club ...wonder if you do ???? longtimeshaker

3:46am Thu 12 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

Lolz08 wrote:
Trust in a man who took his 'best mates' job. Typical Bury.

Tinpot club, tinpot fans.
Hello Tin pot... how is your tin pot life in your tin pot home? Shame your tin-pot team won't be making any more news....oh poor little tinpot. Never mind, have a Tin Pot Christmas and a super Tin Pot New Year!!
[quote][p][bold]Lolz08[/bold] wrote: Trust in a man who took his 'best mates' job. Typical Bury. Tinpot club, tinpot fans.[/p][/quote]Hello Tin pot... how is your tin pot life in your tin pot home? Shame your tin-pot team won't be making any more news....oh poor little tinpot. Never mind, have a Tin Pot Christmas and a super Tin Pot New Year!! easylife44

3:49am Thu 12 Dec 13

easylife44 says...

RONNIEJAWS wrote:
Sounds Great !! Just what I have been wishing for Christmas.
Lets now see how much some players want to play for Bury over the next 4 games, and who also doesn't want to start 2014 looking for a new job? I think that'll be very interesting in itself.
Great Point. We certainly see who are the grafters and the slackers. I am more than pleased with Flitcroft's approach, we may even lose a couple of games due to the "non team players"....but that is not my focus, we have a good Manager with sound footballing sense.
Your loss Barnsley, our gain....
[quote][p][bold]RONNIEJAWS[/bold] wrote: Sounds Great !! Just what I have been wishing for Christmas. Lets now see how much some players want to play for Bury over the next 4 games, and who also doesn't want to start 2014 looking for a new job? I think that'll be very interesting in itself.[/p][/quote]Great Point. We certainly see who are the grafters and the slackers. I am more than pleased with Flitcroft's approach, we may even lose a couple of games due to the "non team players"....but that is not my focus, we have a good Manager with sound footballing sense. Your loss Barnsley, our gain.... easylife44

9:19am Thu 12 Dec 13

mammol says...

well said everyone on here !! (except poor Loiz 08) shame don`t know what planet your on but try doubleing your medication and you should be fine !!
anyway to matters in hand glad to see the interveiw with Flickers what a sound manager he is and i hate to say this but he was my faverite player since the Hugie Riley Danny wilson days now we can all on here look forward to a happy new year !! and a very merry xmas and a happy new year to all my fellow Bury fans
well said everyone on here !! (except poor Loiz 08) shame don`t know what planet your on but try doubleing your medication and you should be fine !! anyway to matters in hand glad to see the interveiw with Flickers what a sound manager he is and i hate to say this but he was my faverite player since the Hugie Riley Danny wilson days now we can all on here look forward to a happy new year !! and a very merry xmas and a happy new year to all my fellow Bury fans mammol

10:42am Thu 12 Dec 13

shakingallover says...

Ah, Hughen Riley ... the baby faced assassin. Wonderful.
Ah, Hughen Riley ... the baby faced assassin. Wonderful. shakingallover

11:01am Thu 12 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

The KB black cloud has finally passed. Its just so nice to go into the Christmas/New Year holiday period with optimism rather than gloom and the 'DRIFT' I have been constantly going on about. I have to trust what others say about Flitcroft as my knowledge of him is limited to only his results as manager of Barnsley. I did hear many fans calling in though at the tail end of last season giving him great praise for what he was doing for them in their relegation dogfight. I have heard rumours of Brass becoming his asst. Personally I think he needs a wise old head as a sounding board in there with him. Plus the extra contacts that kind of person would also bring would be invalueable. Someone with a long track record of spotting uncut diamonds in the rough is what we would really help the advancement of the cause. At 20th in the league hopefully there is only one place to go now. Upwards. The alternative is not even thinkable for a club with Bury's heritage. The only hope I held was the stance taken by Mr Day's refusal to even think of such a prospect during the horrible 'Drifting' days after KB. I am not pressuring Mr Day by saying this, but I get the feeling that now he has the man he wants. He might well back him in the transfer market with some degree of extra funds. We shall see. Just an impression I get.
The KB black cloud has finally passed. Its just so nice to go into the Christmas/New Year holiday period with optimism rather than gloom and the 'DRIFT' I have been constantly going on about. I have to trust what others say about Flitcroft as my knowledge of him is limited to only his results as manager of Barnsley. I did hear many fans calling in though at the tail end of last season giving him great praise for what he was doing for them in their relegation dogfight. I have heard rumours of Brass becoming his asst. Personally I think he needs a wise old head as a sounding board in there with him. Plus the extra contacts that kind of person would also bring would be invalueable. Someone with a long track record of spotting uncut diamonds in the rough is what we would really help the advancement of the cause. At 20th in the league hopefully there is only one place to go now. Upwards. The alternative is not even thinkable for a club with Bury's heritage. The only hope I held was the stance taken by Mr Day's refusal to even think of such a prospect during the horrible 'Drifting' days after KB. I am not pressuring Mr Day by saying this, but I get the feeling that now he has the man he wants. He might well back him in the transfer market with some degree of extra funds. We shall see. Just an impression I get. RONNIEJAWS

4:08pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Eileenshakers says...

Several things interested me about Flits interview with Bury player,his enthusiasm and determination and to repay the loyalty to the fans who supported him when he played for us some 8 years ago.

I don't however believe that bringing in young hungry and unproven players will make us suddenly become a winning side overnight.

I think he Flits is right about Stuart's idea about bringing in his business model which will hopefully make the club stronger financially.

However it is results on the pitch which most football fans are interested in not the big i am and what i am going to do.

There are simply too many players at our club who are waiting for a better offer as in the likes of Tom Soares who spent an eternity away before signing his contract.

People lik Soares,Cameron,Rober
ts,Procter,Harrad,Gr
imes,Lainton big Edge, need to be shipped out asap.
Several things interested me about Flits interview with Bury player,his enthusiasm and determination and to repay the loyalty to the fans who supported him when he played for us some 8 years ago. I don't however believe that bringing in young hungry and unproven players will make us suddenly become a winning side overnight. I think he Flits is right about Stuart's idea about bringing in his business model which will hopefully make the club stronger financially. However it is results on the pitch which most football fans are interested in not the big i am and what i am going to do. There are simply too many players at our club who are waiting for a better offer as in the likes of Tom Soares who spent an eternity away before signing his contract. People lik Soares,Cameron,Rober ts,Procter,Harrad,Gr imes,Lainton big Edge, need to be shipped out asap. Eileenshakers

4:11pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Eileenshakers says...

Lolz08 wrote:
Trust in a man who took his 'best mates' job. Typical Bury.

Tinpot club, tinpot fans.
Now we know you're a jealous Fail fan hee hee.
[quote][p][bold]Lolz08[/bold] wrote: Trust in a man who took his 'best mates' job. Typical Bury. Tinpot club, tinpot fans.[/p][/quote]Now we know you're a jealous Fail fan hee hee. Eileenshakers

8:56am Fri 13 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

Hull played Swansea in the premier league this week, 10 years ago they played each other to stay in the league!
Wigan and Wimbledon were non league in the 70s and have both won the FA Cup and spent many years each in the top division.
It can be done with lots of hard work, smart people, good players, money, luck, and patience.
Bury FC have a few of these things, but not all.
As with Mr.Day though, other than setting out a 5 year target, I would be a content Shakers fan if we could attain a respectability of an ongoing established mid table Championship team that went deep in the cup competitions now and then. Having good teams come to Gigg/JD and have respect from other clubs for ours and the way we play and do things.
I think 5 years is too ambitious but big targets are OK. We just can't risk stretching ourselves too fast too soon.
Can't wait for Satuday's game. Lets see his team selection on what Flits has seen from training so far this week and how those on the pitch actually respond and react.
Hull played Swansea in the premier league this week, 10 years ago they played each other to stay in the league! Wigan and Wimbledon were non league in the 70s and have both won the FA Cup and spent many years each in the top division. It can be done with lots of hard work, smart people, good players, money, luck, and patience. Bury FC have a few of these things, but not all. As with Mr.Day though, other than setting out a 5 year target, I would be a content Shakers fan if we could attain a respectability of an ongoing established mid table Championship team that went deep in the cup competitions now and then. Having good teams come to Gigg/JD and have respect from other clubs for ours and the way we play and do things. I think 5 years is too ambitious but big targets are OK. We just can't risk stretching ourselves too fast too soon. Can't wait for Satuday's game. Lets see his team selection on what Flits has seen from training so far this week and how those on the pitch actually respond and react. RONNIEJAWS

9:20am Fri 13 Dec 13

mammol says...

well said that man !! Ronnie Jaws) i can honestly say this is the first time this season that i can`t wait to go to the game . i know who most of us dont want in the team but lets be honest a lot of them will train like theres no tomorrow to impress the new manager only to be found wanting when it comes to the game as they have done for two managers already this season.
so lets just accept it and hope they realise they are in the last chance saloon and play like there lives depended on .it.
but more importantly lets all shout and cheer no mater who is in the team.
well said that man !! Ronnie Jaws) i can honestly say this is the first time this season that i can`t wait to go to the game . i know who most of us dont want in the team but lets be honest a lot of them will train like theres no tomorrow to impress the new manager only to be found wanting when it comes to the game as they have done for two managers already this season. so lets just accept it and hope they realise they are in the last chance saloon and play like there lives depended on .it. but more importantly lets all shout and cheer no mater who is in the team. mammol

3:26pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Ex Pat of Bury says...

This bunch of footballers have four games some of them probably won't have any,i say tough,just as it has been tough to watch some of the poor performances,toes curling up in the shoes stuff.
This bunch of footballers have four games some of them probably won't have any,i say tough,just as it has been tough to watch some of the poor performances,toes curling up in the shoes stuff. Ex Pat of Bury

12:31pm Sat 14 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

oooooooooohh HUGHEN RILEY. I had forgotten about him. Thankyou.

Never mind just backroom staff for a minute. Flits needs HIS captain. To embody and lead his vision on the pitch.

Who in our current squad will play the BRIAN WILLIAMS role though at leading the team from 0-2 down to comeback and beat the then mighty Middlesborough. Thats the kind of captain Flits will need on the field for him.
oooooooooohh HUGHEN RILEY. I had forgotten about him. Thankyou. Never mind just backroom staff for a minute. Flits needs HIS captain. To embody and lead his vision on the pitch. Who in our current squad will play the BRIAN WILLIAMS role though at leading the team from 0-2 down to comeback and beat the then mighty Middlesborough. Thats the kind of captain Flits will need on the field for him. RONNIEJAWS

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