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Decision time for Bury boss Ronnie Jepson
RONNIE Jepson has promised to reassess his squad this week following a whirlwind start to his tenure as Bury caretaker boss.
The 50-year-old coach had just five days to prepare for his first match in charge – at Portsmouth on October 19 – after replacing Kevin Blackwell in the hotseat.
Bury then had three games in eight days, with Jepson, pictured, guiding them to four points, including their first win in 10 matches at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
Now the dust has settled, he intends to get to grips with his squad.
“We are going to address one or two things this week in terms of our playing staff,” said Jepson, who has already loaned in striker Danny Hylton from Rotherham and sent out Marlon Jackson to Lincoln since taking the reins.
The temporary boss has five loan players on his books, with Hylton secured until November 23, Blackburn striker Anton Forrester until January 1, Fleetwood full-back Shaun Beeley until January 5, Sheffield Wednesday winger Danny Mayor until the end of the season and Wigan defender Jordan Mustoe until Saturday.
Jepson’s most pressing concern is whether to extend the deal for left-back Mustoe, whose last game, as it stands, will be at home to Torquay at the weekend.
He must also decide whether to keep Hylton on any further, although that may be taken out of his hands after the forward hobbled off with a knee injury on Saturday.
“Danny is going to see the Rotherham physio,” said Jepson.
“It’s not as bad as he thought. It has opened up a bit, his knee, but he can bend it so touch wood it will be ok.”
The Bury boss did offer an olive branch to any player not currently training with his trimmed down first-team squad of 18.
After loaning Jackson, aged 22, to Lincoln, he said it was now up to the player, and others in his situation, to win back their place at the top table.
“When you are a young boy, development games are ok, but when you have gone past that 21, 22 mark you have got to man up by playing competitive football, score goals and show you are willing to bust a gut,” said Jepson.
“That’s why we sent Marlon out there.”
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