BEN Chenery is hoping his Ram Meadow record will improve quickly after agreeing to become the new assistant manager at Bury Town.
As exclusively revealed in Friday’s Free Press, the Blues were set to lose James Scowcroft to Ipswich Town’s academy, but had a ready-made replacement available.
That man was former Chelmsford City number two Chenery, who hopes to link up with his new club for the first time when Bury continue their pre-season campaign at Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Brantham Athletic tonight (7.45pm).
“When I’ve come to Bury in the past I’ve never got a result,” said the former Cambridge United professional. “I’ve never had much luck, but hopefully that will change now I’m here.”
Suffolk-born Chenery, 35, started his playing career at Ipswich Town, but did not make a first-team appearance before moving to Luton Town in 1995.
A mere two professional games followed before he made the switch to the Abbey Stadium to play for Cambridge United, then in the bottom tier of the Football League.
The defender went on to turn out 118 times for the U’s, netting twice.
His highlight as a Cambridge player was helping them to promotion to the third tier of English football — now League One — in 1998/99 as runners-up of Division Three — now League Two. His playing time was limited after promotion and he then moved on to Kettering Town, Canvey Island and Chelmsford City, where he later became assistant manager.
That spell in coaching ended in May when — citing budget cuts — the Clarets told Chenery they no longer required his services.
However, after Bury’s move for Scowcroft did not work out, manager Richard Wilkins moved swiftly to appoint Chenery at Ram Meadow.
“I wanted to get back in to football as soon as possible,” he said. “After speaking to Richard on the phone I went down to the club to meet people and I was very impressed.”
The Blues are hoping it will be third time lucky when they bid for promotion from the Ryman League Premier Division this season, and play-off heartache — which has been suffered by Bury in the last two seasons — is also something familiar to Chenery.
City lost in the Blue Square Bet South play-offs in 2009/10 and then again in 2010/11 before missing out on qualification for them by a mere one position last time around.
“At Chelmsford I’ve got experience of being the bridesmaids,” he said. “Sometimes some fresh ideas or a different approach to things can help.
“I’m sure we only need a bit of tinkering to get us over the line.”
Chenery — who is recovering from an operation and not able to play a full part in training just yet — is also on the lookout for new players and hopes he can persuade some to take a look at Bury, who are yet to make their first signing of the summer.
He said: “I’ve spoken to a couple of players that I think would bring something good to the table, but they are on trial with teams in a higher league.
“These are ones I would like to take a look at and although they are looking to play as high as they can, sooner or later they are going to have to decide they need some stability at a club.”