BURY have announced a change to their management structure with the appointment of a sporting director and a goalkeeping coach.

With manager Ryan Lowe having been given the security of a two-year contract, he has begun shaping his squad and his backroom team this summer.

Steven Schumacher remains as first-team coach but from July 1, he and Lowe will be working alongside a sporting director after Lee Dykes was selected for the new role.

Dykes joins the Shakers from new League Two rivals Carlisle, where he had been head of first-team recruitment and assistant manager to Keith Curle, who was linked with the Bury manager’s job before the club confirmed Lowe would be staying in charge.

Dykes said: “The immediate objective is to help Ryan and his team build a strong, competitive squad for the season ahead.

“The longer-term vision is to create a long-lasting, sustainable and effective football department, developing a modern, innovative and thorough recruitment strategy while ensuring there is a clear pathway into the first team from our youth department.”

Dykes’ appointment helps fill the void left by the departure of Chris Brass last season. In his latest spell with the club the ex-Bury defender acted as assistant manager, head of football operations, caretaker manager and first-team coach.

Chairman Day added: “Sporting director is a role which I have wanted to fulfil for some time now, as they allow the manager to focus more on coaching rather than some of the tasks off the pitch.

“Lee will help Ryan identify transfer targets and restructure the squad, as well as helping us move the club forward.”

Another appointment sees Brian Jensen return as goalkeeping coach after playing in goal for the club during 2013/14.

The ex-Burnley keeper was named both the Fans’ and Bury Times’ Player of the Season that year and was still playing last term, for Northern Irish club Crusaders.

The 42-year-old Dane joins on a two-year contract, with this his first full-time coaching position.

“When Lowey called there was no hesitation,” he said. “I didn’t want to leave when I did and I’m thrilled to be back.

“I’ve performed the dual role of goalkeeper/goalkeeping coach before at Crawley, Mansfield and here, so I’ve gone through a transition phase to get to this point.”

Bury have also agreed a partnership that will see Admiral provide their kit until the end of the 2019/20 season, as well as manage the club shop.