Somewhere today all those associated with the of Bury FC will know the clubs future destiny, short and long term.
At 10.30am the Shakers are up in Court where the long term future of the club looks set to be decided. Now a week on from the social media breakout which painted the club in bleak light, highlighting staff within the club hadn’t been paid for March, directors not present at Tuesday night’s game against Cambridge and the club statement announcing ‘prehistorical debt’ was affecting the club in worser ways than anyone could have imagined, on and off the pitch the wheels seem to be coming off.
On Saturday the management staff and players will somehow look to halt the slide of three consecutive defeats, as they take on promotion chasing Colchester United.
Yet there are fears the club might not even survive till the weekend, especially if Bury are to be wound up in court or Chairman Steve Dale fails to deal with the debt which hangs over the club as they face a history defining day.
However, despite this worrying time for Bury, manager Ryan Lowe still believes the players can rise above the off-field drama.
Speaking to TalkSport at the EFL Awards on Sunday night-where midfielder Jay O’Shea was named in the League Two team of the year, Lowe seemed in good spirits and only had eyes for promotion, for now anyway.
‘Every team has bumps in the road on the way to success and we are going through ours now’.
I get that the lads not being paid is an issue and I hope that gets resolved very soon, what we need to do is unite together as a club.
On the current wage problems – ‘I honestly don’t know(when the players and staff are to be paid), I haven’t had any confirmation from the directors nor the owner in all honesty’.
‘Its affecting the players 100%, not being paid. We hadn’t conceded 9 goals in three games all season, now we have done (against Swindon 1-3, Cambridge 0-3 and Carlisle 3-2).
‘I am trying to make sure there is positivity but it’s certainly affecting the lads.
On the players striking, something seen done recently at rivals Bolton Wanderers – ‘We are never going to do that, for all the fans and those who are also associated with us. We’ve scored 96 goals and been one of the best teams in the league this season’.
The lads have been fantastic, I think we really deserve to go up. I’ll discuss my future at the end of the season with the owners. I want to see these lads, staff and fans over the line’.