Bury FC have agreed a compensation package with Kilmarnock FC for Lee Clark to become the Shakers new manager. After discussions, over the past few days, Kilmarnock have agreed to release Lee from his contract with immediate effect.
Chairman Stewart Day has been looking to identify the right candidate to take the club forward after the departure of David Flitcroft.
Stewart Day said “The appointment of the manager for the club is a key one in the progression of Bury Football Club and I have taken my time to assess where we are as club and how we can progress forward. Sometimes this takes longer than anticipated due to ensuring you get the right person, the relationship between the Chairman and the Manager, at any football club, is the most important partnership.
Whilst there where a number of applicants for the job when David Flitcroft left I didn’t feel that these where the right fit for the club to progress and I wanted to go out and appoint someone who I believe in.
Lee is someone who I have followed through his playing and managerial career and Lee has played at the very highest level and has managed at League One and Championships clubs and I, particularly, was aware of his time at Huddersfield and Birmingham City. Lee managed Huddersfield to a record 49 games unbeaten and took the club to the League One Play-off final.
Lee has since gone on to manage at Blackpool, in the Championship, and now at Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership where he has taken Kilmarnock from a relegation Play-off position and now leaves them in 6th position within 12 months.
I firmly believe that Lee is the right man and he has an enthusiasm and passionate desire to take this club forward. I was overwhelmed with his knowledge of the club and the contacts he has in the game and how he believes in what we can achieve together.
I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Chris Brass and Ryan Kidd for stepping up into the role and helping to steady the ship. We have, under their stewardship, been able to develop players from our Youth academy into the First team and this also helped enable the sale of Jacob Bedeau to Aston Villa.
Both Chris and Ryan will still have an important role at the club and further news will be released in due course.
Lee will meet the players tomorrow at the Carrington training ground and will be in charge for this Saturday’s fixture against Chesterfield.