Bury FC have today announced the departure of manager Andy Welsh.

Welsh leaves after the Shakers went down 2-1 at Lower Breck in the NWCFL Premier Division yesterday.

The defeat leaves the Shakers seven points behind leaders Kendal Town in fifth place.

The search for a new boss now begins as Welsh's three-and-a-jhalf year tenure - most of which was under the name of Bury AFC - ends.

A statement released on the club's official website said: "We can confirm that Bury Football Club and manager Andy Welsh have agreed to part company.

"We would like to thank Andy for his hard work and commitment to the club, the players, and it’s volunteers over the past three and a half years.

"Andy provided outstanding leadership throughout some difficult and turbulent times, not least during a global pandemic when just playing football was a challenge.

"In addition to winning a league title, Andy quietly helped and supported many volunteers off the pitch when they needed it.

"He more than earned the right to lead the team at Gigg Lane at the start of the season.

"We can’t speak highly enough about him as a person, and we know many will be extremely sad to see him go.

"Unfortunately, we have decided now is the right time for a change and we wish Andy all the best for the future.

"The under-23s management team of Leon Mike and Stephen Sheil will take charge on an interim basis, with the recruitment process to appoint a new manager to begin with immediate effect."