Bury part ways with manager David Flitcroftby Jack Kitson / 16 November 2016, 19:30
Some managerial departures come as a surprise, others don't. The split between Bury and their boss David Flitcroft falls into the second category, with the 42-year-old paying the price for failing to win any of his last 11 matches in all competitions.
From late August through to late September you could barely wipe the smile off Flitcroft's face as Bury claimed six straight wins on the spin.
However, that smile rapidly turned into a scowl as Bury have since failed to grab a win in any of their 11 league and cup games, which includes a ghastly seven successive defeats in the third-tier.
The club's only respite has come in the cup, where they claimed draws against Stoke U23s (FLT) and AFC Wimbledon (FA Cup), however in Tuesday's replay with the Dons they were thumped 5-0, which proved to be Flitcroft's final game in charge.
Flitcroft took over the Shakers nearly three years ago, and in 2015 led his troops up to League One following a third-placed finish, while they came 16th last term.
However, despite the bright start to the current campaign, Bury have endured an alarming dip in form, with Flitcroft now leaving his position with the Shakers in 16th - just three points above the dreaded drop zone.
The likes of Gary Caldwell, Nigel Adkins and Karl Robinson have emerged as some of the early candidates in the Next Bury Manager Market.
Statement: The Board of Bury FC can confirm that David Flitcroft & Ben Futcher have left the club with immediate affect #buryfc— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) November 16, 2016