Bury Town chairman’s resignation delayed

Bury Town Chairman Russell Ward.
Bury Town Chairman Russell Ward.
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Russell Ward has postponed his resignation as Bury Town chairman after positive talks with vice-chairman Phil Smailes this week.

Although the tendering of Ward’s resignation still stands, Smailes revealed he had agreed to delay his stepping-down date by a week, keeping the door open for a possible U-turn from Ward.

The Blues’ chief of the last 13 years was initially due to leave his post yesterday.

Smailes, who met Ward at 7am on Wednesday, said: “Russell and I have agreed he is going to hold back his resignation for another week while we look together at how to take the club forward and how it needs to be structured.”

Bury’s vice-chairman admitted he had been hurt at some criticism directed towards him on Facebook and the Bury Town forum over the past week and he and Ward insisted there was no personal problem between the pair.

“There is not an issue between us,” said Smailes. “It’s just a difference of opinion as to how things are done because sometimes you have to challenge certain things.”

He added: “Somewhere between differing opinions, hopefully there is a middle ground that suits what people need.”

When contacted by the Free Press, Ward said: “I’ve had a meeting with Phil Smailes and agreed to defer my resignation for a week while we discuss the finances and the future of the football club.”

Smailes, who is continuing to talk to potential new directors and investment confirmed Temples had signed up as sponsors for this season.

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