Trusted Chenery will develop players at Bury Town

IN CHARGE: Ben Chenery
IN CHARGE: Ben Chenery
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When the new season kicks off in August, only one thing is guaranteed.

That is Bury Town’s players will give their all for their new manager.

For a man with no idea about what his own future held never mind the club’s, his work to get 13 players signed up for the 2014/15 campaign certainly did not go unnoticed.

And the bond formed between Chenery and the players — particularly key men like Marcus Garnham, Seb Dunbar and Billy Clark, who all declared they ‘trust’ the new man in interviews with the Free Press — could prove crucial to the Blues’ season.

“When Wilks (former boss Richard Wilkins) left, there was a bit of upheaval with the management position, but I went about my business as quietly and as diligently as possible,” said Chenery. “It was important the players had someone they knew they could speak to about that.

“Not being sure I would be here was difficult, but I had to put that to one side — in the two years I’ve been here (as assistant manager) I think they have seen I’ve done things the right way, and I have a good camaraderie with them.”

One particular attribute of Chenery’s the players seem to like is his willingness to develop players, something the new boss describes as ‘paramount’.

“I’m a great believer that you start from the roots,” he said. “I was lucky enough to get my Football League debut aged 17.

“Someone took a chance on me and saw something in me — that’s what I’m looking to do.”

Midfielder Connor Hall (@connorhall7), right-back Miles Smith (@Miles_A_Smith) and striker Jack Brame (@JackBrame) were among those who took to social media site Twitter to express their delight at Chenery getting the job.

Hall described Chenery as a ‘massive influence’ on him signing, Smith said he was ‘so happy’ and ‘buzzing for next season’, while Brame added Chenery ‘was the man who all the players wanted in’.

The news also went down well with fans on Twitter, with Jamie Crouch (JCrouch16) describing it as ‘the only sensible appointment’ and Thomas Frost (@tommy_tekkers) adding: “Hopefully he can push the club forward and get them where they should be #uptheblues”

Enthusiasm is also a quality Chenery has in abundance — one that, matched with his vision for the club, impressed chairman Russell Ward.

“He wants to be aware and get involved in the whole set-up at Bury Town,” said Ward. “His idea is to make sure we are covered at all levels — youth, girls, ladies and adult.”

That could lead to further Bury Town sides being entered into competitions like the Suffolk and Ipswich League as part of an extended structure, making the Blues a more rounded community club.

Chenery made his professional debut for Luton Town, but moved to Cambridge United after three appearances — two in the league and one in the FA Cup.

His career at the U’s spanned three seasons, playing 118 times and earning promotion from Division Three (now League Two in 1999, before dropping into non-League where he enjoyed considerable success with Canvey Island.

They were runners-up in the Ryman Premier three times before being crowned champions in 2003/04, but Chenery’s finest moment as a player came when he scored the winning goal in the 2001 FA Trophy final at Villa Park to shock Forest Green Rovers — a match in which current Bury midfielder John Kennedy was named man of the match.

He later moved to Chelmsford City, where he became assistant manager, before moving to Bury Town as Richard Wilkins’ number two.