Former Ipswich Town, Norwich City and Peterborough United youth coach Guy Hayes has been appointed the new manager of Team Bury.
Hayes, who joined Stowmarket Town as first-team coach towards the end of last season, will be looking to bring through the next generation of talent at Ram Meadow after Bury Town’s feeder side endured a tough 2015/16 campaign.
Under Richard Archer, who took over from Ross Wilding ahead of last season, the side suffered from their resources being stretched with regular call-ups to Bury Town’s Ryman League squad, eventually finishing second-from-bottom in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.
But Team Bury secretary Daniel Connor believe Hayes and his links to the West Suffolk College Sports Academy, from which the players are drawn, is just what they need to reinvigorate the side.
“We had a difficult season last year and are looking forward to having Guy on board,” he said.
“He has fresh, new, innovative ideas and we are delighted that he has joined our coaching team and will work in partnership with West Suffolk College Sports Academy.
“The link between Team Bury and West Suffolk College Football Academy has experienced 17 years of continued player development.
“It is a very successful football partnership and enables young footballers the opportunity of playing at a good level.”
Bury’s chief executive, Michelle Banfield-Curran, said: “Guy will be joined by Peter Meadowcroft who has over 15 years experience of coaching youth football in Essex and Suffolk and moved into adult coaching three years ago. The two have previously worked together.”
New Manager Hayes said he cannot wait to get started.
“I look forward to developing all the players at Team Bury in what is a strong competitive league,” he stated.
“Team Bury and West Suffolk College are a highly regarded 16-19 years-olds football scheme that has produced players of a high calibre in non-League football. Peter and I aim to continue their great work.”
n Meanwhile, Bury Town’s young talents Tevan Allen and Noel Aitkens are among the names who have committed themselves to next season to take the squad up to 15 confirmed players.
Goalkeeper Neil O’Sullivan and defensive duo Justin Miller and Darcy De’Ath will also be staying at Ram Meadow along with midfielder Matt Collins and forwards Sam Reed and Remi Garrett.
They follow confirmation from manager Ben Chenery that supporters and manager’s player-of-the-year Ollie Hughes has agreed a new deal as well as last season’s captain Phil Weavers, striker Josh Mayhew and midfielders Bradley Barber and John Kennedy.
Goalkeeper Dan Heath (from Newmarket Town) is the only confirmed signing added so far with Connor Hall (Biggleswade Town) and Will Gardner (Soham Town Rangers) having both left the Blues.
n Bury are seeking volunteers to join their ground sponsors Frames Conservatories Direct’s fitting crew at Ram Meadow tomorrow (from 9am) to help lend a hand in further preparations ahead of the new clubhouse going up.