Shakers boss hunt as Blackwell departs

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League Two strugglers Bury have begun the search for a new manager after parting company with former Sheffield United chief Kevin Blackwell following a run of poor results.

The Shakers terminated Blackwell’s contract yesterday with the club sitting in 21st position, just one point above the relegation placings, after a seven-match winless run. His last match in charge was Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Morecambe.

It was in September 2012 Blackwell took the reins at Gigg Lane, replacing Richie Barker at the helm with Bury sitting rock bottom of League One. He failed to save them from relegation, with the Shakers finishing 22nd.

After the club had been taken over in May, Blackwell brought in 26 new players over the summer and let all but one of his existing players from last season go.

During his rocky 12-month reign, Blackwell oversaw 14 wins, 15 draws and 28 defeats.

Northern Premier League Division One South club Goole AFC, meanwhile, have appointed David Holdsworth as boss and former Sheffield United midfielder Curtis Woodhouse as his assistant.

New Goole chairman Baron Bloom said: “We are delighted to have appointed such a heavyweight team and we feel this is a real coup for the club.”