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Kevin Blackwell builds for Shakers' future
THE promised Gigg Lane revolution may be taking a while to take shape in terms of first-team results, but manager Kevin Blackwell believes strides already made behind the scenes will come to fruition soon enough.
Blackwell’s 25 summer signings hit the headlines during the transfer window as the most of any club in the UK. Yet the Bury boss is more excited about appointments and changes made lower down the club structure.
Since the new owners completed their takeover in the summer, the Shakers manager has brought the running of the youth team, which was previously managed by Bury Community Trust, back under the club umbrella.
Blackwell has also hired a chief scout, to oversee recruitment from the youth set-up right up to the first team, and a fitness coach to look after the players’ mental as well as physical development.
And he also expects to appoint an IT expert to help with match and player analysis, including videoing training sessions and providing indepth DVDs on each player’s strengths and weaknesses.
All of these improvements have been made, so the manager says, to create a more professional outlook, with regards to recruitment and training, at every level of the club.
“It’s all about creating the forward-thinking and progressive club we’ve been talking about,” said Blackwell.
“Where can the club be? I am hoping that within the next 12 months you will see our philosophy filtering all of the way through the football club, and the progressive steps we are making will become more evident.
“The chairman (Stewart Day) and chief executive (Glenn Thomas) are so dynamic, they don’t talk about making improvements, they act.
“I asked for a new gym and better changing facilities and within 24 hours they were under way, and I know that action has not gone unnoticed.
“Talk of new facilities at the football club has already filtered through to the players’ agents because I have had one or two call me and say ‘I hear it is quite nice at Bury now’. “So word is getting out there, and that’s what we have got to do – become a leader and not a follower.”
Bury as a club are still calming down after a frenetic period of change and rejuvenation over the summer.
But after recruiting so many new players and staff, Blackwell hopes he has enough depth now to allow future rebuilding to be done in a more proactive way.
“What I hope fans will be able to see over the coming months is for players to progress from the youth into the development squad, then on to the bench and into the first team,” he added.
“Some of the younger players we have brought in were only ever intended for our development squad this season.
“They may only give us two or three games in the first year as cover, but that saves the club from bringing a player in on a month’s loan, which can cost the club £2,000 to £5,000.”
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