Bury FC yesterday announced that they have terminated the contract of manager Kevin Blackwell with immediate effect.
Blackwell was appointed manager of Bury last September with Bury bottom of League 1. Although there was some improvement in Bury performances, not sufficient to avoid relegation to League 2, finishing in 22nd and 10 points adrift of safety.
During the summer Blackwell revamped the squad and signing 23 new players and been active in the loan market. This season has not started well for Bury. After 11 games they’ve only won the 1 league game, and amassed just 9 points.
The Bury Chairman, Stewart Day, said on the Bury official site:-
When I started the role at Bury, I knew that there would be decisions to be made that would not always be easy.
As a board we had to make one of those decisions, and terminate the employment of Kevin Blackwell.
We would like to thank Kevin for his efforts to turn this great Club into a promotion winning side, but for whatever reason, the efforts off the pitch was not reflected by the performances and results on the pitch.
As a Chairman I have set high standards at this Club and every effort has been made to support the 1st team staff and players. It saddened me to make this decision but was made with the best intention of the Club’s future.
We have asked Ronnie Jepson to stand in as the caretaker manager and all of the current back room staff has been asked to stay as we feel that stability is the key at this stage.