BURY chairman Terry Robinson said he would not be rushed into appointing a successor to Stan Ternent, with the hotseat vacant in 1998.

The Gigg Lane supremo held preliminary talks with ex-Oldham boss Neil Warnock and two more unnamed candidates.

And while he admitted – rather pragmatically – that Warnock “would be all right for us” he was determined to take his time before making a choice.

Robinson was scrapping for compensation from Burnley over the loss of Ternent and his assistant Sam Ellis and also sifting through a pile of applications for the post from candidates including Frank Stapleton, ex-Burnley boss Jimmy Mullen and former Bury star Paul Hilton.

But he said: “There’s a lot for us to think about. I am just sitting back and taking stock.

“We have an idea of who we have in mind and if they are available we will approach them, if they are not available we will leave them alone because we like to think at Bury that we do things the right way.

“I was very disappointed to lose Stan and Sam but I am over that disappointment now and I’m directing all my efforts on finding the right man.”

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Bury Times: Bury-Wigan nostalgia

Wigan’s flamboyant away shirts didn’t match their performance at Gigg Lane in October 1993, as the Shakers romped to a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Tony Kelly, Tony Rigby and Ronnie Mauge. But the question we want you to answer is: Which players are pictured? Top marks if you get the Latics striker – but let’s see if you can identify the Shakers defender and the goalkeeper racing out to make the save. Email your answers to burysport@nqnw.co.uk for a mention in next week’s paper.

This week in Shakers history

1978 Billy Rudd, upset by events at Gigg Lane, resigned as Bury coach, admitting: “My heart would not fully be in the job if I stayed.”

Rudd returned from holiday to find that Dave Hatton had been appointed as player-manager in succession to Bob Stokoe.

He stressed he had nothing personal against Hatton, but said: “I was disappointed that decisions were being made without me being consulted.”

Meanwhile, later that week, the Shakers completed the signing of ex-Bolton and Birmingham winger Gordon Taylor.

1990 Bury’s midfield star Jamie Hoyland was on the verge of a move to his hometown club Sheffield United.

The two clubs were trying to negotiate a fee in an effort to avoid a tribunal but talk at Gigg Lane was that the figure would smash the record £150,000 received for Neville Southall, Danny Wilson and Mark Higgins – and possibly go up to a quarter of a million.