Jeppo in charge at Bury until New Year

26 October 2013 09:42
When Bury dispensed with the services of manager Kevin Blackwell a week last Monday they turned to his assistant Ronnie Jepson to take over as caretaker boss until a new manager was appointed. In charge until January

Chairman Stewart Day said at the time: "We have asked Ronnie Jepson to stand in as caretaker manager and all of the current back room staff has been asked to stay as we feel that stability is the key at this stage.

Bury had gone on a run of six league games without a win and that's been extended to eight games since the last victory at home to Cheltenham on the last day of August. With Jepson in charge they were beaten 1-0 at Portsmouth last week and then drew 0-0 at home to Mansfield four days ago.

However, the board have been delighted with the response since Jepson took over and a statement late yesterday afternoon read: "The main priority at this time is to implement a state of stability that can support the players to regain the type of form that we know they are capable of.

"With this in mind and the fact that the players have demonstrated their full support for Ronnie Jepson, it has been decided to appoint Ronnie as the caretaker manager until January 2014.

"This does allow the club to allow the dust to settle and assess the situation without being forced into any knee jerk reactions.

"The past2 games has demonstrated to us that the players have the desire to play for Ronnie and the fans and get out of the lowly league position. We do support Ronnie 100% and feel that the backroom team and the players echo his obvious drive and passion to succeed at this club."

Bury are currently in 20th place in League Two after relegation last season, just one point above Northampton who occupy the second relegation place.

For Jepson, who once scored the winning goal for Bury against Burnley, it is a second opportunity at management having been in charge at Gillingham for almost two years between November 2005 and September 2007 after he replaced Neale Cooper.

He's since coached at Huddersfield, for Stan Ternent, and at Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds for Neil Warnock before becoming Blackwell's assistant at Gigg Lane in the summer. He's now got a further two months to try and secure the manager's job full time.

Source: Clarets Mad