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Richie Barker wins own promotion at Bury

Bury have appointed former Linfield striker Richie Barker as their new manager following a caretaker spell in which the club sealed promotion to npower League One.

The former Rotherham and Mansfield striker arrived at Gigg Lane in 2010 as head of youth and when Alan Knill left for Scunthorpe in April, Barker was appointed manager on a short-term basis and subsequently led Bury to six wins out of eight.

Belfast Telegraph