Bury have finally ended their lengthy search for a manager after naming Kevin Blackwell as their new boss. The Shakers had been searching for a manager since early August when Ritchie Barker suddenly left to join Crawley Town, just a week before the season got underway. The favourite for the job changed hands multiple times, with Chris Brass, David Flitcroft, Peter Shirtliff and Sammy McIlroy all trading turns at the top of the market. However, it has now at long last been revealed that the vastly experienced Blackwell is the man charged with orchestrating a change at the League One club.
The former Leeds, Luton and Sheffield United boss is under no illusions of the immense challenges he faces at Gigg Lane, with his new club currently rock-bottom of League One, having picked up just three points from their opening eight games. The Shakers are yet to win a single match this season but the installation of a man at the helm will add some much needed stability and generates hope that the club can put an end to their dismal start to the season.
Bury travel to Stevenage on Saturday looking to get off to the perfect start under Blackwell. Paddy Power have handed them odds of 5/1 to come away with the win, while Stevenage have been installed as the odds-on 4/7 favourites for the three points. Meanwhile a draw is available at 13/5.