Bury and Lee Clark part ways

by Mick Bates / 30 October 2017, 21:57

After eight months and 33 games in charge, Bury and manager Lee Clark have parted ways with immediate effect. Also exiting the club will be Clark’s assistant manager Alan Thompson.

The final nail in Clark’s managerial reign at Gigg Lane came at the weekend when his side succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Doncaster Rovers. The loss left the League One club sitting in 23rd place in the table with just 12 points from the 16 games played. In all Clark had lost 24 of his 33 matches in charge, giving him a win percentage of just 27.3%.

The former Huddersfield and Birmingham City gaffer had helped Bury secure their League One status on the final day of the 2016/17 season. However, he overhauled the squad during the Summer spending the money (£500,000) they received from the sale of James Vaughan to Sunderland.

On his exit from the club, Clark said "I have enjoyed my time at Bury enormously and I wish the board, the players and the supporters all the very best for this season and beyond”.

Bury’s next home fixture will on Saturday 5th November in the first round of the FA Cup against National League side Woking. It is not yet known who will be taking charge of first team affairs.

Early front runners in the next Bury manager market are Nigel Adkins and Graham Westley but with no League One match scheduled until 11th November it does give the board some breathing space.

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