Bury Town fans can expect a busy summer of transfers after Ben Chenery admitted he will have to overhaul the squad due to carrying players who ‘aren’t good enough’.
The Blues looked well placed to mount a serious stab at bouncing straight back up to the Ryman League Premier Division via the play-offs just a few months ago, until a heavy injury list served to knock them off course.
And with their season beginning to drift with nothing to play for, they have now gone 12 games without a win — worse than any winless run even when they finished bottom last season — leaving Chenery to question the make-up of some of his senior players, as well as their ability.
Coupled with envious glances over to arch rivals AFC Sudbury — who only need a point on Saturday to confirm the league title and promotion ahead of the re-arranged A134 Derby at Bury on Wednesday (7.45pm) — it has led him to conclude the squad assembled on a shoestring budget after financial troubles is simply not up to the job of competing against their lower division’s best sides going forwards.
“You have to look at it objectively and any manager who is successful will always admit it is the players who win them titles,” he said.
“I can motivate all I can to get the best out of people but in the cold light of day I have people who are not good enough and I will have to change it.”
He added: “But it is difficult. In the back four, for example, I have three players in there I could get rid of but then only be able to bring one good I know I want in. So we have lost three and got one. But that is where we are.”
Chenery has not revealed if he will be backed to carry out the overhaul with an improved budget but on the flip side, he said he is pleased with the wealth of homegrown young talent at his disposal, with former Bury Town and Ipswich Town striker James Scowcroft’s son, Jody Scowcroft, a well built under-18 striker, the latest off the Ram Meadow production line, having come off the bench for his first-team debut on Tuesday.
But the Blues boss is quick to add it will take time for those players to blossom in the Ryman League.
“People do get excited about these young players as they are talented boys,” he said, “but people are expecting too much of them too soon.
“Young Dan Hammett is an example there. He will come in and do good things for one or two games but he will not be consistent yet as he is still learning.”
The Blues, who frustrated the Ram Meadow crowd on Saturday by throwing away a 3-1 half-time lead against Waltham Abbey to lose 4-3, before being played off the park in a 3-0 home defeat to promotion challengers Harlow Town on Tuesday, have big selection issues ahead of tomorrow’s trip to third-placed Cray Wanderers (3pm).
Remi Garrett is suspended while Chenery also looks set to be without captain Phil Weavers (broken toe), striker Josh Mayhew and defender Darcy De’ath (ankle), but Ollie Canfer and Ollie Hughes will return.