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Statement: David Flitcroft departure

17 November 2016

Update regarding the departure of David Flitcroft and Ben Futcher from Bury FC

As we announced on Wednesday evening, Bury Football Club regret to announce that David Flitcroft and Ben Futcher have left their positions as First team manager and assistant manager, respectively, with immediate effect.   

The Chairman and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks for the dedication and commitment David has shown during his three years with the Club.    

David has been a great ambassador for the club, conducting himself, at all times, with the utmost integrity and dignity.    

David secured our Football League status in his first season with us and provided us with a platform to build on. In his first full season we achieved promotion to League One with a club record points total and, last season, he secured the club its highest league placing in recent years and we managed to see, not only Premier League opposition at Gigg Lane for the first time in 23 years, but the eventual Premier League Champions Leicester. We also progressed to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, a feat that we hadn’t achieved since 2008.   

David has also played a key role in the restructuring and rebuilding of our Youth system and aided the development of several young players, managing their progression to the first team and overseen the selling of players to both Premier League and Championship opposition.   

Ben has been with Bury Football Club, in a series of roles, for over 7 seasons ranging from player to development coach to first team coach and, latterly, also as assistant manager. The club would like to put on record their thanks to Ben for the loyalty and commitment he has shown to Bury Football Club.    

David would like to thank the Chairman and Board of Directors for the opportunity of managing Bury Football Club and being allowed to achieve so much during his tenure.   

David added: “I would like to place on record the gratitude I have to Stewart Day for bringing me to Bury FC and for giving me the opportunity to manage this great club. His ambition and drive for the club is insatiable and he will achieve his Championship dream. At times, we have driven each other to exhaustion and that is why the last three years have been an incredibly successful.    

“I would, especially, like to thank Ben Futcher, his support, as my assistant, has been outstanding and his determination to make the football club stronger and successful has been a major influence.    

“I am fortunate to have worked with such a great set of staff who have shown great loyalty and dedication and have, every day, matched my own work ethic whilst I have been manager.   

“I would also like to thank all the players who have been at the club during my tenure and also the many staff, behind the scenes, who have always supported me.   

“Finally, I would like to thank the Bury Football Club supporters for the welcome I got on my return and in having many special memories to celebrate the good times together during the last three years. It is with a very heavy heart I leave this football club but I truly wish Bury FC all the very best in the future. I have been proud to manage Bury Football Club, taking the club from the bottom of the Football League and leaving it in a healthier position of five points off the League One Play-offs and I’m sure the club will have a real chance of reaching the Play-offs when the injured players return and there is competition in the squad.   

“I am very proud of the work I have done in the academy and am so glad that it is thriving and in great hands in Mark Litherland and Ryan Kidd and, with the infrastructure in place, I’m sure your Chairman will achieve his target of Championship football. That is what he set out to do and if anyone can do it then it’s your Chairman.”

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