Bury Football Club are delighted to announce that Ryan Lowe has signed a two-year contract to become the club’s First Team Manager on a full-time basis.
After careful consideration of all the available options, the club feels that Ryan is the best candidate as he fits perfectly with the way the club wish to approach the future.
He has a huge desire to create a successful side as Manager and to replicate his playing experiences at Gigg Lane. His affection for the club is there for everyone to see, and more than anything else, the Board of Directors feels he deserves a chance with his own players and style of play. Ryan is not afraid of giving young players a chance which is something that our supporters engage with, and the club openly encourages.
Lowe initially took caretaker charge following a 1-0 home defeat to Doncaster Rovers at the end of October and picked up four points from his three league games in charge.
He was then given the role until the end of the season after Chris Lucketti left the club. Ryan won his first game in charge after the Shakers scored two late goals to beat Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.
Over the course of his two spells in charge, Ryan has a record of over a point a game and has earnt 67% of the Shakers’ total points tally this season.
Speaking to us exclusively, Ryan said: “I am over the moon to become First Team Manager on a two-year contract. You don’t know what this means to me and my family. This club is my club, and I am going to do what’s needed to bring the good times back to Bury!
“I would like to place on record my thanks to the Chairman, who has put his trust and faith in me and also to Karl Evans and Glenn Thomas for believing that I am the man to take this football club forward.
“Recruitment is already underway with potential signings coming in, who I believe will give me and the club everything they have out on the pitch. I want players who will play for the badge on their shirts with passion, pride, and fight. We are currently in the process of working on the retained list which will see some players staying with us and others moving on.
“Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their continued support; be patient, believe, and we can achieve together. UTS!”
Chairman Stewart Day, also told us: “I included in my open letter to fans recently that the club needs to take stock, go back to basics and then move forward.
“Ryan is very passionate about bringing success to the club; he understands that we are going to be very diligent with player budgets and that we want a manager who will give opportunities to young players at the right time.
“He has worked hard over the last few months with players that he has inherited and now has the opportunity to recruit players he feels are right for the club to progress forward.
"We will be recruiting an Assistant Manager to work with Ryan and offer him the benefit of their experience and knowledge; Steven Schumacher will remain as First Team Coach.
“Ryan will now work tirelessly on moving players both in and out over the next few weeks so that we have a squad that will be ready for the challenges of next season and hopefully bring success to Bury Football Club.”