BURY chairman Stewart Day wants a new manager in place before the next league match.

The club parted company with Lee Clark on Monday following a run of four straight defeats, which left them second bottom of League One.

Day had backed Clark heavily in the transfer market over the summer, bringing in the likes of Jermaine Beckford and Harry Bunn.

But after claiming just two wins from 15 league matches this season, the Gigg Lane chief acted decisively to protect his investment, ending Clark's eight-month stint at the helm following a meeting on Monday evening.

"It was not a lengthy decision," Day told the Daily Express. "Based on recent results it was not good enough and we had to take action."

It is not yet clear who will lead Bury in their first-round FA Cup tie at National League promotion chasers Woking on Sunday, but Day is clear he wants a permanent manager in place for the Shakers' trip to Gillingham a week on Saturday.

"I will take my time but I won't take too long," Day added.

"The key will be to get the right person in and we hope to have that done before the Gillingham match in two weeks' time.

"The Woking game this weekend is key for us. We want to do well in the FA Cup and the financial rewards are substantial for this football club."