When Bury owner Steve Dale’s CVA request was officially approved in court last Thursday. Wilkinson and his backroom staff thought they could plan for life back in League One.
Despite going winless in the clubs opening pre-season friendlies against Nantwich and Blackburn Rovers where a teamsheet broke the internet. The silver lining from pre-season so far is the Gigg Lane floodlights have been restored to full working order.
Despite this Bury begin life in League One already bottom despite the fact no games have been played, due to the 12 point deduction the club have been handed.
Yet now a new stumbling block has appeared in front of the clubs noses. The EFL have told the Shakers they need sufficient evidence, that outstanding debt payments can be made to creditors with the deadline in just a fortnights time.
The club could face expulsion from the EFL and therefore be unable to fulfil their 2019/20 fixtures.
The clock is ticking with regards to signing players ahead of the MK Dons match on August the 3rd, although Bury to their credit has a plan with new signings expected to be announced this weekend. Another idea is asking Premier League giants Man City, Tottenham and Wolves to loan them players for the opening games.
Most likely the year ahead could be one of pain with losses left, right and centre. Yet at least there is a club to watch and for the majority of fans, and that’s all they want to know right now.