JAMIE HOYLAND: The Bury chairman made the right move at the right time

DAVID Flitcroft’s appointment may have come out of the blue, but I have to say that I think it is a fantastic move for the club and I wish him well.

I said to friends when David left Barnsley that it would be good to see him at the JD Stadium and I am glad that the board felt the same way.

He was player of the season at Rochdale when I worked there as assistant to Paul Simpson and I always thought that, if he brought all of the qualities he had as a player into management then he would be a big success.

David was a great character to have in the dressing room – he was a lot of fun – and on the pitch he always gave 100 per cent, was always enthusiastic and full of energy.

He was also a great student of the game.

And having done all his coaching badges, worked an apprenticeship under Keith Hill and spent a year in management at a higher level, it seems like the perfect time for him to prove himself at a club like Bury.

David played the majority of his career at League Two level and has good coaching experience at this level.

So he knows the football Bury will need to play to get results and he has good contacts with the right footballers to help the Shakers move up the table.

That is his main priority now, in the short term.

I know David shares the chairman’s long term vision for Bury and will want to have an input at every level of the club to get each and every side – from the youth up to the first team – playing the style of football he wants them to play. But that is in the long term. David’s job right now is to achieve results.

That means fans may not notice an instant change in the style of football – that will only come after a pre-season.

What supporters will notice, however, is a change in the attitude of the players.

I know from personal experience at Bury, when Derek Fazackerley took temporary charge of the club following Martin Dobson’s departure, that there was a big change in mindset when Sam Ellis arrived as the full-time manager.

Now the players know who they have to impress and, if they don’t, they will be on their way out of the club. Full stop. You don’t realise what an impact that has as a player until it happens to you.

I think Ronnie made a good point that results were starting to go the right way under him, but things still had a way to go.

Under David, I believe fans will see that progression, and I wish him every success.

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1:31pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Eileenshakers says...

I totally agree with your comments in relation to what Flits had to say in his recent press conference.Building the team up from the youth level producing good young talent like in the days of Nugent,Whalley,Kazim
-Richards is essential for our long term success.

I think his strong character and being a great leader of men will also influence and impress the players he asks to perform in his team going forward.

He doesn't suffer fools gladly and will be quick to make tough decisions.

Perhaps Ronnie Jepson will feel a little used as he was never our intended long term management choice.

Only time will tell whether this season can be salvaged but i'm optimistic for our long term future.
I totally agree with your comments in relation to what Flits had to say in his recent press conference.Building the team up from the youth level producing good young talent like in the days of Nugent,Whalley,Kazim -Richards is essential for our long term success. I think his strong character and being a great leader of men will also influence and impress the players he asks to perform in his team going forward. He doesn't suffer fools gladly and will be quick to make tough decisions. Perhaps Ronnie Jepson will feel a little used as he was never our intended long term management choice. Only time will tell whether this season can be salvaged but i'm optimistic for our long term future. Eileenshakers

2:18pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mammol says...

well Jamie why not apply for one of the rolls available at the club?? it would be good to have two young enthusiastic people as number one and two with plenty of knowledge and contacts but more importantly " only wanting the best for Bury F.C. at the helm
well Jamie why not apply for one of the rolls available at the club?? it would be good to have two young enthusiastic people as number one and two with plenty of knowledge and contacts but more importantly " only wanting the best for Bury F.C. at the helm mammol

3:15pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Ex Pat of Bury says...

Yes Jamie lets get anoher Ex Bury man on the staff,young is the future of managing footall clubs at our level.On Jepson a couple of wins to replace a couple of the draws/lost games would not have been a bad return for him and much better than Motormouth Blackwell could do.
Yes Jamie lets get anoher Ex Bury man on the staff,young is the future of managing footall clubs at our level.On Jepson a couple of wins to replace a couple of the draws/lost games would not have been a bad return for him and much better than Motormouth Blackwell could do. Ex Pat of Bury

7:43pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Eileenshakers says...

A budget is crucial to how well a manager performs i don't buy in to the philosophy that it is not crucial when it comes to how well a team performs, this season we have witnessed sub standard displays from sub standard personnel.
A budget is crucial to how well a manager performs i don't buy in to the philosophy that it is not crucial when it comes to how well a team performs, this season we have witnessed sub standard displays from sub standard personnel. Eileenshakers

8:40pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Babbar Divino says...

Sorry for not being part of the happy clappy brigade but the result tomorrow will how just how much work needs to be done to save the season. If the lads can't put on a good show and get a win over Northampton with a new broom at the helm then it's going to be a long, tough fight.

Best of luck tomorrow David
Sorry for not being part of the happy clappy brigade but the result tomorrow will how just how much work needs to be done to save the season. If the lads can't put on a good show and get a win over Northampton with a new broom at the helm then it's going to be a long, tough fight. Best of luck tomorrow David Babbar Divino

12:21pm Sat 14 Dec 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

I really don't want to slag off Jamie, but I really wish he'd speak freely more in line with what is really needed at times and also for what fans feel, want, and are saying. He comes across as too lovey dovey with the people on the club side of things and seems scared to say anything truthful that might be controversial to the story they want us to believe and swallow.
He could and should play a very important part as yet another intermediary source between fans and club.
He just always seems to tread too carefully so as not to upset anyone or limit perhaps his own personal longer term opportunities. Just my perception.
I really don't want to slag off Jamie, but I really wish he'd speak freely more in line with what is really needed at times and also for what fans feel, want, and are saying. He comes across as too lovey dovey with the people on the club side of things and seems scared to say anything truthful that might be controversial to the story they want us to believe and swallow. He could and should play a very important part as yet another intermediary source between fans and club. He just always seems to tread too carefully so as not to upset anyone or limit perhaps his own personal longer term opportunities. Just my perception. RONNIEJAWS

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