Bury chief executive leaves but chairman stays

MOVING ON: Michelle Banfield-Curran (left) has left Bury Town
MOVING ON: Michelle Banfield-Curran (left) has left Bury Town
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Michelle Banfield-Curran has made a surprise exit as chief executive of Bury Town, while chairman Russell Ward has stated he has no intention of resigning

No official announcement had been made by the club about Banfield-Curran, who occupied the full-time role from January 2015, but enquiries by the Free Press have revealed that she left Ram Meadow earlier this month.

It comes as long-term chairman Ward, who according to vice-chairman Adrian Lewis was considering his position in a month-long break, said other than a planned holiday he had taken ‘no break’ from his role and was not thinking about leaving Bury.

Banfield-Curran, who initially joined the Blues as commercial manager mid-way through 2014, was elected chief executive by board members after the club experienced financial issues.

After tightening the budget, she was instrumental in delivering a rebuilt clubhouse, which opened on August 20.

“As far as I am concerned I just want to move on to a new challenge,” she said.

“I left Bury with no animosity. They have got their new clubhouse and it was time to move on.”

Ward did not wish to comment on Banfield-Curran’s exit but said of his position: “I am certainly still chairman and am certainly still at the club. I have only missed one Tuesday night game.”

Meanwhile, on the field manager Ben Chenery is seeing no let up in the injury crisis engulfing his squad, with Andrew Cusack, John Kennedy (both groin), Darcy De’ath, Tom Debenham (both ankle) and Ollie Canfer (back) all reporting new problems following Tuesday night’s 3-0 league defeat at Norwich United, which saw them drop a place to third.

It means the Blues could be without nine first-team players for tomorrow’s visit of 14th-placed Thurrock (3pm) with an x-ray revealing defender or midfielder Debebham has chipped a bone in his ankle.

Ahead of them going to higher-league Lowestoft Town on Tuesday in the Suffolk Premier Cup, Chenery said: “It is a difficult task with what we have available.”