CHRIS Brass and Ryan Kidd will take charge of Bury until the end of the season, the Bury Times understands.

The duo have been in temporary charge since David Flitcroft’s sacking three weeks ago, but they have now been asked to hold the reins until the end of the campaign.

It is also understood Brass is keen to boost his backroom team and the club has held talks with Crewe about bringing ex-striker Ryan Lowe back as a player/coach.

Bury had received more than 70 applicants for the job but last week chairman Stewart Day revealed none of those candidates were deemed to be a suitable fit.

Brass has experience as a player-manager at York City in 2003 and also took charge of the Shakers after Chris Casper’s sacking in 2008.

During that spell at Gigg Lane eight years ago, the 41-year-old led the Shakers to a memorable 2-1 FA Cup third-round victory over Championship side Norwich City. He later became assistant to Alan Knill and returned to Gigg Lane to take up the number two role under Flitcroft.

After helping to guide Bury to promotion from League Two, Brass moved upstairs to work as the club’s head of football operations. But he is relishing the chance to get back in the dugout full time alongside youth-team manager Kidd, who helped the under-18s to the Youth Alliance title in 2015.

Kidd, a former Preston defender, has also played an instrumental role in nurturing the likes of young stars Matty Foulds, Jack Ruddy, Emeka Obi, George Miller, Callum Styles and Jacob Bedeau, who have all gone on to make first-team appearances at Gigg Lane.