Bury Boss Rules Out Bolton Switch

  • October 05, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bury boss David Flitcroft has rejected speculation linking him with the vacant managerial post at Bolton.

Wanderers are searching for a new man to lead their first-team, following the decision to sack Dougie Freedman on Friday, with Flitcroft one of several names being touted for the job.

Flitcroft, who was born in Bolton, led Barnsley to Championship safety as he undertook his first job as a manager in 2012/13, but he was dismissed from the role last November with the Tykes six points adrift at the foot of the table.

Little over a week after his departure from Oakwell, Flitcroft was appointed manager at Bury. The Shakers were languishing down in 20th position in League Two, but he guided them away from trouble and into a 12th-placed finish.

Bolton's near neighbours have made an impressive start to the new campaign and were a matter of seconds away from winning a League Cup tie at Macron Stadium in August - eventually losing 3-2, after extra time. They currently top League Two, ahead of Wycombe Wanderers and Burton Albion on goal difference, but Flitcroft says he is committed to Bury and will remain loyal to the club who gave him a second chance following the disappointment of his sacking at Barnsley.

"One thing the Bury fans know I am about is loyalty," Flitcroft told the Bury Times.

"I was in a dark place before I came here. When you get sacked as a manager from your first job it is a tough experience to take and I don't think I really reflected on it until after keeping the club (Bury) in the division (last season).

"In the summer, myself and the chairman sat down at length and talked about our plan and what we were going to do and I have got a project here to see through and be a part of.

"I really do love coming to this place to work. I have got a fantastic staff and a fantastic group of players, so I am just enjoying working for my chairman and the board because they are good people.

"There is a good football club here - there is a good vibe about it. It is as professionally run as any Championship club out there, barring the training facility.

"We do everything right and we will continue to do that, so I enjoy my work - I am working for good people.

"I am able to manage the full football club.

"I look at football as a franchise product. We have tried to franchise it through the first team - we have designed that, we have designed the play, we have designed the competitive edge and the pace and the power and the style.

"What is our job now, and our responsibility, is to try to cascade that down to the under-18s, the u16s, the u15s, u14s right down to the u8s.

"I am as obsessed and as passionate about that as I am about the first team.

"So I am only young, I have got a lot of drive and, as I keep saying, myself and the chairman have probably met each other at the right time in our lives to take this project forward."

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