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Bury legend Chris Lucketti has been appointed Bury’s new manager, and in his first job in management the task at hand couldn’t be much harder. The Shakers sit rock bottom of League One, despite a sensational performance and victory over top of the league Shrewsbury on Tuesday, which as a result, means they are only three points from safety.
Lucketti enjoyed a sparkling career in the Football League spanning 21 years, starting with spells at Rochdale, Stockport and Halifax, before joining Bury, where he would spend six years and become part of the most successful period in Bury’s recent history, going from the old 3rd division to the 1st division. Making 235 league appearances (many as captain) and becoming a hero and club legend in the process.
After leaving Gigg Lane, Lucketti joined Huddersfield and later had a successful spell at Preston lasting five years, within which he helped North End reach the Play Off final in 2005. He wound down his career with Sheffield United, Southampton and Huddersfield, finally retiring in 2010 with 671 games and 27 goals.
He then embarked on his coaching career, becoming assistant to Graham Alexander at Fleetwood, and serving as caretaker when Alexander was sacked. He then followed Alexander to Scunthorpe in June 2016, again taking up the assistant manager role. But the return to Gigg Lane was too much to turn down for the Littleborough born ex centre back, and his appointment will be a popular choice with the Bury fans, who will welcome the return of the legendary defender, who will perhaps cast fans memories back to happier times.
However, it is a major risk appointing such an inexperienced manager when guile and know-how are vital to surviving a relegation scrap such as the one Bury currently find themselves in. Only time will tell, and one thing is for sure, the reception he receives on his return to Gigg Lane is not one any Bury fan wants to miss.