Future unclear for Ryman League Premier Division club Bury Town and Marcus Garnham
Goalkeeper Marcus Garnham admits he does not know what the future holds for himself or Ryman League Premier Division outfit Bury Town.
The Blues parted company with Richard Wilkins on Wednesday, the former Colchester United player leaving Ram Meadow after 14 years in charge.
The 48-year-old guided the Blues to two promotions and five cup successes, but became deeply frustrated with the club’s financial problems last season, which saw wages be delayed and several established players leave, including Shane Tolley, David Bridges and Russell Short.
“I’m out of contract this year and I’m not going to sign anything as yet,” he said.
“I have been very loyal to the club and have re-paid the trust they have shown in me.
“Normally, by this time, I would have signed up (for next season) by now.
“I have never talked to any other teams, I am happy at Bury, but there is a lot of uncertainty at the club and I have not heard anything from them.
“I think some people have had meetings, but I think everyone is waiting to see what is going to happen.”
Wilkins signed Garnham from Woodbridge Town in 2008 but the stopper is now considering his options after seeing his current deal run out.
“This situation is new to me and, even as a part-time player, it is quite stressful, not knowing where you are going to be,” Garnham added.
“I hope I can get something sorted but this is a poor catchment area for football teams.
“I would only consider somewhere where I felt I would be progressing my career and I am not going to go to a club just because they wave a cheque in my face.
“I enjoy it playing at Bury, it’s a popular club to play for because we all socialise together and are all good friends, but obviously things might be changing.”
Wilkins’ assistant manager Ben Chenery will take temporary charge of the west Suffolk club and while Garnham is sad to see his former boss leave, he has backed the former Cambridge United defender to bring a fresh approach to the club.
“When you think of Bury Town you think of Richard Wilkins,” explained Garnham.
“He brought me to the club six or seven years ago and it’s a shame he’s gone, but sometimes you need a fresh start.
“Wilks was a good manager and did extremely well with what he had and got the club to this level.
“But sometimes a fresh approach is needed and Ben had some really interesting ideas and it will be fascinating to see what is going to happen.”
Bury won just six games after the turn of the year, following a strong first half to the season, and Garnham insists it could have been so much different.
“We were very strong, were on a roll, and could have done big things, but then certain players left,” said the goalkeeper.
“We gave it our all and the (development team) youngsters that came in did a job, they were good team players, the likes of Ross Bailey, Liam Wales and Ryan Taylor.
“But they may not normally have been in the team at that stage of their career.”