‘Judge me on results’: Ronnie Jepson plea after Bury caretaker boss given until January to prove managerial worth

By Ruth Dacey

Ronnie Jepson has insisted he will give everything to the Bury job until January after earning a first win as caretaker boss against Wycombe Wanderers on the weekend.

William Edjenguele‘s late header secured the Shaker’s 2-1 victory after Tom Soares had equalised Anthony Stewart‘s 16th-minute opener for the hosts on Saturday.

It was a much-needed victory for Jepson, who was given a deal until the New Year on Friday.

“It was a good victory,” said the caretaker manager, who replaced Kevin Blackwell earlier this month.

“The chairman has asked me to take over until January. I’ll do that and once I’m here I will give it my all.

“If it’s successful and then come January he thinks I’m the man for the job, then fine – if he doesn’t, I’ll shake his hand.”

Shakers chairman Stewart Day revealed he had received more than 40 applications to replace Kevin Blackwell, although this didn’t faze Jepson.

“I’m not one of those people who shouts: ‘give me the job’. You get judged on results,” he said.

 “My appointment gives the club stability and that’s the decision the board made.”

Bury, who have struggled in League Two this season, fell behind early in Saturday’s match after Wycombe’s Stewart volleyed into the top corner from a Josh Scowen cross.

However Soares grabbed a deserved equaliser for the visitors when he finished Anton Forrester’s clever cut-back.

Bury then secured victory late on after Wycombe’s Matt Bloomfield was sent off for a rash tackle on Shaun Beeley and Edjenguele headed home Chris Sedgwick’s corner.

Jepson admitted he was disappointed with the first half performance but he couldn’t have been more pleased with how they responded in the second.

“It was a shame to go 1-0 down from a set piece, in the first half we were a little bit scrappy but we were still making headway,” he said. 

“In the second half I got a fantastic response, even before they were down to 10 men we were at it and our tails were up and thankfully we got a couple of goals.”

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