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After Lee Clark’s time at the club came to an end, Bury are looking for a manager who can save them from relegation and possibly make a late charge for the play-offs. But the question is, who could that man be? In this article I will look at three possible options chairman Stewart Day should be looking at.
1. Ryan Lowe
The Bury legend, and current caretaker manager, said he was close to tears when offered the temporary role at Gigg Lane. An FA Cup 1-1 draw with Woking, in his first game in charge wasn’t the greatest of starts, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and if he can get positive results in his next two games, he could be in with a real chance of getting the job permanently.
It would be a popular choice with the fans, as his passion for the club is clear to see. Now in his third spell with the club, after achieving two promotions in his first two stints, it would be fitting if he could stave off relegation on the other side of the touchline.
2. Steve Evans
Steve Evans is a very experienced manager, who has enjoyed a colourful 23-year career in the dugout. Successful spells at Stamford, Boston (twice) and Crawley led to him getting the Rotherham job, where he achieved back to back promotions from League Two to the Championship. He then took the Leeds job, a poisoned chalice by anyone’s standards and was unsurprisingly sacked after less than a season, despite winning 14 of his 38 games in charge.
In November 2016 he took the Mansfield job and finished 12th in his first season, and is currently still there. Evans could be the man to save the Shakers from the drop, and potentially implement a more stable structure that allows the North-West club to be aiming for promotion in the not too distant future.
3. Simon Grayson
His spell at Sunderland may not have gone to plan, but there is no doubt at this level there are not many better managers around. His time at Preston brought promotion to the Championship, and after two solid campaigns he was head hunted by the Black Cats.
His early career saw him manage the likes of Blackpool, Leeds and Huddersfield twice winning promotion from League One, first with Blackpool then with Leeds. With three promotions from League One on his CV, he would be number one choice for most League One clubs, and if Bury could land a manager of Grayson’s calibre, it would be a massive coup and give the club a lot of hope for the future.