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BREAKING: Bury FC part company with manager Andy Welsh

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Bury Football Club have announced manager Andy Welsh has left the club. 

A statement from the club confirms that both parties have agreed to part company. 

It comes after the side’s 2-1 defeat away at Lower Breck yesterday afternoon. 

The statement reads: “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.”

Welsh was appointed Bury AFC manager in the summer of 2020, he managed the club throughout the COVID-affected season of 2020/21. 

His side went on to win the North West Counties First Division North in 2021/22 season, sealing the title in a 4-0 victory over St Helens Town. 

Last season, his side finished 4th in the Premier Division of the North West Counties League, 12 points behind champions Vauxhall Motors. 

When the merger between Bury FC Supporters Society & Shakers Community Society was passed in May, he became the first Men’s manager at Gigg Lane in nearly four years. 

The 2023/24 season started well with four straight wins in league & cup, before a period of three defeats in five. Prior to yesterday’s game, Bury were on a five-game unbeaten run, with two wins and three draws. 

In the 14 competitive games this season, there have been seven wins, three draws & four losses. 

During his three-year tenure, he managed 129 games, won 80, drew 28 and lost 21. A win rate of 62%. 

The club’s Under 23s management team of Leon Mike & Stephen Sheil will take charge on an interim basis until a new manager is appointed. 

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