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Richie Barker promoted to Bury manager

Richie Barker
Bury won six of Barker's eight games in charge as caretaker boss

Newly promoted League Two side Bury have appointed Richie Barker as manager following his spell as caretaker boss.

The 36-year-old took over after Alan Knill's move to Scunthorpe and led the club to automatic promotion after wins in his first six games in charge.

He initially joined the club in June 2010 as head of youth development.

The former Rotherham, Mansfield, Hartlepool, Macclesfield and Brighton striker was forced to retire in May 2009 after a serious knee injury.

Shakers striker Ryan Lowe, who assisted Barker with coaching the squad towards at end of last season, thinks the club have made the right appointment.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "Obviously I'm over the moon [for him], he's a good man and I think he's got a lot to offer us.

"He played a big part in what we achieved towards the end of the season to get to League One and a lot of credit has to go to him.

"I think our club is a family club and Richard has bought into us being a family run club.

"I believe he is the right choice for the manager, everyone deserves a chance in life and I'm sure he'll do well.

"He's got some great ideas and first and foremost he's got the respect of the lads."

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see also
Barker to manage Bury for run-in
18 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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