D-day for dozen

Bury Town V East Thurrock United at Ram Meadow.    Assistant manager Ben Chenery. ENGANL00220130114102545
Bury Town V East Thurrock United at Ram Meadow. Assistant manager Ben Chenery. ENGANL00220130114102545
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Twelve managers who want to take the reins at Bury Town are set to learn of their fate in the next week — including interim boss Ben Chenery, right.

The former Cambridge United player is one of the dozen applicants in the running for the Ram Meadow hotseat and further boosted his chances by securing the futures of veteran midfielder John Kennedy and right-back Miles Smith at the Blues this week.

That takes the list of players signed up for next season to 11 and Chenery hopes to be the man in charge of them.

“If you are good enough, you will get the opportunities,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of passion for what I do and believe I’m very knowledgeable.”

Considering the uncertainty surrounding who will be the Blues’ next manager, Chenery has performed admirably to secure the futures of so many players and believes the latest two to commit will prove to be extremely important.

He described Kennedy, who will not take on a player-coach role, as ‘invaluable’ and added about Smith: “He is a lad who is very committed and hungry.

“He wants to improve and there are parts of his game he can improve — I hope I get the chance to work with him on those.”

The future of goalkeeper Marcus Garnham remains unclear after Lowestoft Town — who were favourites to sign the shot stopper — were moved from Skrill Conference South to North following the expulsion of Hereford United from the Premier.

“That situation is still ongoing, but I’m sure an announcement will be made in the next few days,” said Chenery, of Bury’s attempts to persuade Garnham to extend his stay at the club into a seventh season.

n Former Bury Town goalkeeper Nick Pope has signed a new contract with Sky Bet Championship outfit Charlton Athletic and could be set to challenge for the number one shirt next season after a successful spell on loan at York City in League Two.

n Bury Town Supporters’ Club are holding another working party at Ram Meadow on Sunday (10am), working towards refurbishing the clubhouse and a general clean-up of the surrounds too.

People can attend armed with tools and gloves — contact Andrea Clark on 07894 160740 for more information.

n Bury Town Football Club SuperDraw week two: £1,000 John Donnelly; £150 Andrew Payling; £100 S Turner; £75 L G Bowles; £50 Mrs Burden, Caroline Atkinson; £25 P Wood, Jack Adams, Sheila Davies, Paul Brittain. Birth date drawn: 06/07/92 — no winners. Next week’s prize: £200.