Bury Town have announced they will be slashing their budget for the remainder of the 2014/15 season after conceding relegation from the Ryman League Premier Division is inevitable.
Manager Ben Chenery will also be given the chance to rebuild the squad for next season as the Blues push for an immediate return from Ryman One North.
In a statement, chairman Russell Ward said: “Following our defeat to Hornchurch last Saturday, the board of directors met to discuss both our current position and next season.
“Two decisions were unanimously reached.
“A. We would be cutting our current budget as we feel we will are now unable to retain our Ryman Premier status and therefore we would be better placed to use the savings to plan for next year and, B, whilst Ben Chenery would admit there were certain things he may have done differently this season, the decline has taken place over the last two or three seasons and we all feel he should be given the chance to rebuild the squad for the forthcoming season.
“The decision to cut the budget will mean the inevitable departure of some players and we thank them for their efforts but the remaining games of this season will give Ben and Christian the chance to try others and start to form a squad earlier than normal.
“Some current players have agreed to stay on for reduced terms and some for free and again the board would like to thank those for their commitment to Bury Town FC.
“Despite our situation, there are several encouraging initiatives behind the scenes and hopefully we will be able to share some of these in the not to distant future.
“One that is evolving is a rejuvenated partnership with West Suffolk College and that will benefit both parties in the long term.
“I must thank all our supporters and sponsors for their continued support during what has been a very tough period but we have all learned from this and aim to come back stronger in the future.
“The board believe these decisions are in the best interests of the club and I would ask you all to support us and assist us in regaining our step three status in the very near future.”
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