Assistant emerges as top target for Bury.

Barnsley assistant manager David Flitcroft has emerged as the leading contender for the vacant mangerial post at League One Bury.

The Greater Manchester side are looking for a new boss after Richie Barker left for big spending Crawley this summer.

Flitcroft, who is fondly known as Flicker is a big favourite at Gigg Lane after making 100 appearances at the club as player between 2004 and 2006 and is rated as one of the brightest young coaches in the game due to his affliation with current Reds boss Keith Hill, helping him lead Rochdale from League Two and keep Barnsley in the Championship last season.

38 year old Flitcroft was linked with a return to Rochdale last season when they fired Hill’s replacement Steve Eyre in December but it is believed the former Blackburn defender opted to remain with Hill at Oakwell.

If Bury’s interest turns into a concrete offer that resolve may be tested.