UPDATED: BREAKING NEWS: Richard Wilkins parts company with Bury Town

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Bury Town have parted company with manager Richard Wilkins, the Blues and Wilkins confirmed the news in a joint statement this morning.

Wilkins has guided Bury to two promotions, the Southern League Division One Midlands title, three Suffolk Premier Cups and the Isthmian League Cup.

Below is the statement from Bury Town’s official website.

Bury Town FC have today announced that they have parted company with first-team manager Richard Wilkins.

Following a series of meetings with chairman Russell Ward, both parties felt that it was the right time to call an end to the 14-year association.

Richard Wilkins commented: “After several meetings with Russell Ward over the last three weeks, it is with regret that I have decided to leave Bury Town FC.

“The restraints now in place at the club, in my opinion, make the manager’s role untenable.

“It’s been a tough six months with many quality players moving on at Christmas due to financial issues and at that time I seriously considered my future.

“However, I remained loyal and saw out the season with Ryman Premier League safety assured and the Suffolk Premier Cup success.

“I am very proud of my 14 seasons at Bury Town FC and the growth and achievements during that time.

“I would personally like to thank Trevor Collins, Richard Skelly and Ben Chenery, who have been fantastic assistants during my time and major contributors to the clubs success.

“I would also like to thank all of the players that have helped the club rise up the league pyramid and become a strong Ryman Premier outfit.

“I am grateful for the important footballing link with West Suffolk College that continues to produce players upon players for Bury Town and the surrounding clubs.

“Finally, I would like to thank the fans who have always appreciated the style of football I have tried to create and the recent difficulties with the squad personnel.

“I wish Russell and the board at Bury Town FC the best for the future, but it’s a new chapter for me now and I am optimistic that a fresh challenge in football in some capacity will arise.”

Russell Ward said: “We have had a couple of hard years financially and whilst that is history now, we feel that a fresh approach with the resources available is in the interests of both the club and Richard.

“He has given 14 years of great service and although it took a number of years to win some silverware, we have now had five trophies in successive years, not forgetting two promotions.

“Arguably that would place Richard as the most successful manager in Bury Town’s history.

“I would like to, on behalf of the board of directors, wish Richard all the best and we will continue working with him and West Suffolk College in the future.”