Tommy Miller backs caretaker boss Ronnie Jepson for Bury job as candidates circle

VETERAN Bury midfielder Tommy Miller says the players continue to back caretaker manager Ronnie Jepson for the full-time position despite a number of high-profile candidates being linked with the job.

Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater is the latest to be touted for the vacant post and, after being a regular visitor at the JD Stadium in recent weeks, was there again on Tuesday night to watch the 1-0 win over Hartlepool United.

Former Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson is also understood to be keen on the job, with his possible second in command, ex-Bury coach Peter Shirtliff, also in attendance at more than his fair share of matches of late.

The same can be said of ex-Accrington and Rochdale manager John Coleman, while Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft and Bolton Wanderers youth team coach David Lee are also known to be interested.

But Miller believes the club’s owners should look no further than Jepson, who has been given until January to stake his claim.

“I am pleased for Ronnie,” said Miller, after Tuesday’s first win at home since August 31.

“The training has been short and sharp and the lads have really taken to him well and are right behind him. They would like to see him get the job.”

It has been reported this week that Goater, who has no managerial experience, has applied for the post and sees the Bury job as the perfect introduction into management.

He is understood to be keen on bringing in former City boss Joe Royle as a mentor.

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9:43am Thu 28 Nov 13

shakencity says...

Yeah, i'm sure Miller's calling for Ronnie to get the job. Afterall he keeps playin week in week out doesn't he.....it's not like the utterly useless Procter plays instead of him is it, oh wait a minute.....
Yeah, i'm sure Miller's calling for Ronnie to get the job. Afterall he keeps playin week in week out doesn't he.....it's not like the utterly useless Procter plays instead of him is it, oh wait a minute..... shakencity

10:57am Thu 28 Nov 13

Eileenshakers says...

The best candidate for the job for me long term would be a man who has a long term objective of buildin a future for the club not a manager who just wants to use the post as a stepping stone as in the case of a Shaun Goater or even someone of Danny Wilson's experience.

The jury is still out on Ronnie's credentials,perhaps if he had a decent number 2 then it might take the pressure off him.Agreed Andy Procter is a basic basement player of limited ability who should be sent back Pne or Accy.
The best candidate for the job for me long term would be a man who has a long term objective of buildin a future for the club not a manager who just wants to use the post as a stepping stone as in the case of a Shaun Goater or even someone of Danny Wilson's experience. The jury is still out on Ronnie's credentials,perhaps if he had a decent number 2 then it might take the pressure off him.Agreed Andy Procter is a basic basement player of limited ability who should be sent back Pne or Accy. Eileenshakers

3:03pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Ex Pat of Bury says...

The shortlist should not include any non tried manager wanabees,If Danny Wilson is keen then personally i say he is the man at least he has proved himself and has the experience,by all means keep Jepson as a no2.Under no circumstance SHIRTLIFF.
The shortlist should not include any non tried manager wanabees,If Danny Wilson is keen then personally i say he is the man at least he has proved himself and has the experience,by all means keep Jepson as a no2.Under no circumstance SHIRTLIFF. Ex Pat of Bury

5:22pm Thu 28 Nov 13

RONNIEJAWS says...

Am I so glad players do not select their manager! Without seeing a managerial shortlist, my pick would be Danny Wilson SOLO. Not ready to have Shirtcliff anywhere near our club yet again. I don't blame him. He is what he is. I blame our board at that time. They had no idea what to do when Barker left. Perhaps Barker picked up on seeing the financial crumble coming ahead? And got out when a good offer came along. He had seen all the monies from player sales get vacuumed up somewhere???? and new he had virtually no budget. Our board put an underqualified or incapable guy in a position he was going to drown in, and they took BURY FC down with them. For all the Barker bashers out there, maybe they will be a little less cruel on him as he got us up from falling off the pace under Knill, through the 'Miracle of April 2011', and then kept us up. I too was angry at his leaving at such short pre season notice, and also angry when Knill left. But lets be logical and balanced as to what those guys were dealt with coming in, what they had to use under the last board, and where they both left us when they left. Both were periods of moving forward. Wouldn't that be nice again now!
Exactly ExPat. NO INEXPERIENCED/WANNAB
ES. NO MORE BIG EGOTISTS. NO PURELY ROMANTIC CONNECTIONS PAST WITH BURY. TRIED AND TESTED, KNOWS HOW TO DO THE LOWER LEAGUE PROMOTION BIT, AND ON THE FOOTBALL SIDE BUILDING OUR OWN STRUCTURE LIKE A CREWE.
Am I so glad players do not select their manager! Without seeing a managerial shortlist, my pick would be Danny Wilson SOLO. Not ready to have Shirtcliff anywhere near our club yet again. I don't blame him. He is what he is. I blame our board at that time. They had no idea what to do when Barker left. Perhaps Barker picked up on seeing the financial crumble coming ahead? And got out when a good offer came along. He had seen all the monies from player sales get vacuumed up somewhere???? and new he had virtually no budget. Our board put an underqualified or incapable guy in a position he was going to drown in, and they took BURY FC down with them. For all the Barker bashers out there, maybe they will be a little less cruel on him as he got us up from falling off the pace under Knill, through the 'Miracle of April 2011', and then kept us up. I too was angry at his leaving at such short pre season notice, and also angry when Knill left. But lets be logical and balanced as to what those guys were dealt with coming in, what they had to use under the last board, and where they both left us when they left. Both were periods of moving forward. Wouldn't that be nice again now! Exactly ExPat. NO INEXPERIENCED/WANNAB ES. NO MORE BIG EGOTISTS. NO PURELY ROMANTIC CONNECTIONS PAST WITH BURY. TRIED AND TESTED, KNOWS HOW TO DO THE LOWER LEAGUE PROMOTION BIT, AND ON THE FOOTBALL SIDE BUILDING OUR OWN STRUCTURE LIKE A CREWE. RONNIEJAWS

9:51pm Thu 28 Nov 13

Lisasmit says...

Danny Wilson for me. A good manager and connection to Bury. Shirtliff is not a manager but an ok coach

No to anyone who has not managed before. Goater, Norbert S.... not a chance if we want to stay up.. Coleman. No. no no.

Sadly not Jeppo. Miller likes him as training is said to be an easy life! Or so I am advised.... Remember the days of full day training wit Lucketti, Dawes and Butler etc... What a difference that fitness level made. Championship stuff for a while..

I understand some guy called Sir Alex Ferguson retired too soon and is looking for a new challenge!!!!
Danny Wilson for me. A good manager and connection to Bury. Shirtliff is not a manager but an ok coach No to anyone who has not managed before. Goater, Norbert S.... not a chance if we want to stay up.. Coleman. No. no no. Sadly not Jeppo. Miller likes him as training is said to be an easy life! Or so I am advised.... Remember the days of full day training wit Lucketti, Dawes and Butler etc... What a difference that fitness level made. Championship stuff for a while.. I understand some guy called Sir Alex Ferguson retired too soon and is looking for a new challenge!!!! Lisasmit

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