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Richie Barker to manage Bury for season run-in

Richie Barker
Barker was promoted to caretaker manager from running the youth team

Bury caretaker manager Richie Barker has said he expects to remain manager until the end of the season.

The 35-year-old took over when Alan Knill joined Scunthorpe and has won all four of his games in charge.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "I think it's until the end of the season and credit to the board of directors, they didn't want to change a great deal.

"I suppose with every result that goes by they'll think there is no point bringing in someone now."

The Shakers are currently second in League Two and have a five-point cushion from the chasing play-off teams.

Barker had assistance from former England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler for a week but is now set to manage the club for the remaining four fixtures with help from senior players.

"It's certainly enjoyable when you're winning and, touch wood, I've not had the other feeling - if I get it, it might put me off," he said.

"At the minute I'm just enjoying an opportunity I didn't think I was going to get three weeks ago."

The former Rotherham, Mansfield, Hartlepool, Macclesfield and Brighton striker also revealed he is still in contact with former manager Alan Knill for advice.

"I spoke to him last week about a little selection conundrum I had and it was nice in the fact that he came up with the same answer I came up with," he added.

"I know he has spoken to the chairman a couple of times as well and had a few texts off the players, and he's openly said he's there if I need him.

"I'm sure he's rooting for us as at the end of the day it will be a promotion on his CV as well."



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see also
Fowler to assist Bury management
08 Apr 11 |  Bury
Iron appoint Bury manager Knill
31 Mar 11 |  Scunthorpe
Injured Barker forced to retire
29 May 09 |  Rotherham


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