Bury Football Club would like to welcome Lee Dykes to the club as he takes on the new role of Sporting Director, which will commence on 1st July.
Lee joins the Shakers after leaving Carlisle United, where he worked as Assistant Manager and Head of First Team Recruitment.
As the club's first-ever Sporting Director, Lee's role will involve working closely with both the First Team and Academy management, ensuring that they, as well as the Board of Directors, are kept entirely up to speed with player dealings both in and out and maintain a comprehensive database of the market.
Lee's first job in professional football came in 2007 when he became a Youth Team Coach at Rotherham United. His first recruitment/scouting role came at Crawley Town in 2011, with the club achieving automatic promotion into League One. He went on to hold the position as Head of Recruitment and Scouting at Notts County and Oldham Athletic, before moving to Carlisle in 2014 to become Head of Recruitment, Football Operations and Scouting, helping the club avoid relegation that season before achieving a play-off finish in 2016/17.
Today we spoke to Lee who said: “I am very excited to be joining Bury Football Club as Sporting Director, after some very positive conversations I am keen to get started on helping the club work towards the achievable ambitions set out by both the Chairman, Stewart Day and the Chief Executive, Karl Evans.
"The immediate objective is to help Ryan and his team build a strong, competitive squad for the season ahead. The longer-term vision is to create a long-lasting, sustainable and effective football department, developing a modern, innovative and thorough recruitment strategy whilst ensuring there be a clear pathway into the First Team from our Youth Department.”
Chairman Stewart Day, said: “The role of Sporting Director is a role which I have wanted to fulfil for some time now, as they allow the Manager to focus more on coaching rather than some of the tasks off the pitch.
“Lee will help Ryan identify transfer targets and re-structure the squad, as well as helping us move the club forward. He joins us in what we all acknowledge will be a significant close season.”