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Statements, Rumours and Protests – A Pre-Season of Hell For Bury

Bury FC Gigg Lane

The decision taken by Scott Burgess to leave Bury could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

The 21-year-old’s decision to take a step down the footballing ladder from League One to Two would usually offend a normal club on the back of promotion, but with regards to Bury, nothing is normal at present.

Fans of the club staged a protest outside the house of Steve Dale on Bank Holiday Monday. Still the club is for sale, still, club staff are yet to be paid.

The reaction to the joint player statement was met with national sympathy last week. It seems the financial drama surrounding chaos has reached a new audience in the past few days.

Nevertheless what is needed more than ever is a successor to Dale and fast. If not, the lack of activity regarding the boardroom changeover will lead to the breakup of this squad, full of attacking talent and a manager who has taken to management like a duck to water.

Although Burgess may not have been key to promotion, his decision to walk away may be backed by his fellow colleagues in the coming weeks. With the court date of the 19th June looming ever nearer, how the club can prepare for pre-season is anyone’s guess.

Although a pre-season friendly against Blackburn Rovers has been pencilled in for 24th July, whether that game will even take place looks doubtful.

After another confusing statement by Dale opening his letter with ‘Without Prejudice’, he looked to have passed on the baton of blame to his predecessor Stewart Day.

While neither men cover themselves in glory and are both responsible for the mess Bury find themselves in, the need for a new and improved custodian is the minimum fans deserve.

On May 27th, staff were told not to come into work until ‘further notice’.

Forget pre-season or any glamorous fixtures against Rangers or Liverpool, it looks as though there might not even be a club as things stand.

The clock is ticking. Nobody can predict what will happen next.

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