Town hit by Futcher blow

Ben Futcher made several pre-season appearances for the Shaymen before returning to Bury
Ben Futcher made several pre-season appearances for the Shaymen before returning to Bury

FC Halifax Town have been rocked by the news that defender Ben Futcher has been appointed the temporary assistant manager of Bury.

Futcher, 31, agreed a season-long loan at the Shaymen alongside a part-time role as youth development coach with the Shakers for the coming season.

But following the departure of manager Richie Barker to Crawley Town, Peter Shirtliff has been placed in temporary charge of the first team with Futcher as his assistant.

The pair will be in charge for the Capitol One Cup game against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

It means Futcher will be ruled out of playing for the Shaymen until at least the time when a permanent manager is appointed at Bury - although there is a chance he may not return should he be given a role within the new look management set-up at Gigg Lane.

Town boss Neil Aspin said: “Ben will work at Bury until they get a new manager and then we will have to see what the situation is.

“At this stage I’ve got to rule him out because we’ve got to prepare for the season without him.

“It’s a blow for us because we spent time finding a player to come in and help us in an area we struggled in last year.

“But football throws these things up and you have to deal with them,” he said.

Futcher will play no part against Bolton at the Shay tomorrow (Weds) or against North Ferriby on Saturday.