Graham Barrow
GRAHAM
BARROW

Graham Barrow was most recently caretaker manager of Wigan Athletic. He was previously appointed to take charge at Bury after player-manager Andy Preece was sacked in December 2003.

Graham, who has previously managed Chester, Rochdale and Wigan, was initially given a caretaker role but after a unanimous vote from Bury's board of directors, he was installed until the end of the current campaign with a view to an extended deal.

The new boss celebrated his first game in full charge of The Shakers by ending a run of eight successive defeats, claiming a 2-0 home win over Swansea.

One of his first decisions was to release coach Andy Morrison and bring in former Preston assistant Kelham O'Hanlon as his number two at Gigg Lane, and Barrow was full of praise for his new acquisition.

"He has managed and worked under Jack Charlton, David Moyes and Craig Brown. I needed someone I can bounce ideas off and I'm delighted to bring in someone of Kelham's experience," he said.

Graham stated that he would be looking to strengthen the squad with some physical presence, and swooped immediately for Stockport's long-throw specialist Dave Challinor.

As a player, Chorley-born Barrow enjoyed four years in Wigan's midfield in the early 1980s after signing from non-league Altrincham, before moving to Chester in 1986, where he played out his career, taking up the reins as player-manager at the Deva Stadium in 1992 and hanging up his boots two years later.

Graham left Chester after they were relegated back to Division Three in 1994 and was quickly back in management with former club Wigan, where he stayed for just over a year.

In 1996 he was appointed as Rochdale manager, and managed to keep The Dale in Division Three during his three seasons at the helm before leaving Spotland in May 1999.

Graham returned to Chester for another 12 months in June 2000, taking over from Kevin Ratcliffe after the club's relegation from the Football League. He could not lead them straight back up from the Conference – a feat that very few teams ever manage – and he left at the end of the 2000/01 season.

Having joined the coaching staff at Bury to work under Andy Preece, Graham has now taken over from the former player-manager and he is hoping to lead The Shakers onwards and upwards after their recent difficulties on and off the field.

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