Chenery’s looking for a number two

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Bury Town manager Ben Chenery is searching for his perfect partner to help guide Bury Town off the bottom of the Ryman League Premier Division.

The Blues, restricted by a tight budget, chose to appoint just player-coach Russell Short alongside their new manager in the summer, but with Bury struggling at the foot of the league they want to add an assistant manager to their ranks.

Chenery is hunting for the right man to join him in the dugout and hopes to conclude the deal as soon as possible, with his side set to travel to 19th-placed Witham Town tomorrow (3pm) and fourth-bottom Lewes on Wednesday (7.45pm).

“Every team we play against have three or four coaches and staff on the bench,” said Chenery, who held the position of assistant manager under Richard Wilkins for two years. “You need a support network — the board and chairman have been fantastic trying to make things happen behind the scenes.”

Director of football Trevor Collins was in the dugout on Saturday for Bury’s 3-1 home defeat to Hendon, but ruled himself out of the running for a role he has previously held under Wilkins.

“It’s a very lonely job when things are not going well and you have no-one to turn to,” said Collins. “You can become a bit insecure as well and start blaming yourself, so it’s important to have someone alongside you.”

Miles Smith and Callum Bennett are due back from suspension tomorrow, while winger Jordan Patrick (thigh) is expected to overcome a knock that forced him off against Hendon.

Aside from Billy Clark’s long-term knee injury, the only concern remains with on-loan Ipswich Town midfielder Jack Willbye (knee), who was set to be assessed at training last night.

After Saturday’s injury-time heartbreak, Chenery insists his side will come out fighting in Essex tomorrow.

“We are not planning on feeling sorry for ourselves and will take the positives from that performance,” he said. “We have to be good enough to produce that sort of level again.”

The boss also hinted he could set up with a more attacking line-up tomorrow, although ruled out a switch to 4-4-2 because the way modern-day football is played ‘does not allow’ it any more.

“We have to get more bodies in the box,” said the Blues’ boss.