On Monday morning, pre-season for the EFL and many Non-League teams will get underway. Some will have played their first pre-season games by the following week, virtually all will have by the time a fortnight has passed.
All except Bury that is, returning to training on Monday morning looks unlikely. As lunchtime approached yesterday it looked as though former Oldham manager Frankie Bunn would take over the toughest job in English football.
Yet suddenly all went quiet as Bunn’s plans to take over the helm at Gigg Lane took a turn for the worst. The speculation train started rolling this morning when Latics defender and captain Peter Clarke left Boundary Park, with fans of the Shakers believing Clarke was joining up with his former manager Bunn to manage Bury, a task not for the faint-hearted.
The club saw their latest Court Case adjourned till the 31st July in the first week of the new season. Nobody can work out whether this was good or bad news. Over the past few days chairman, Steve Dale, plans to turn the club around through a CVA option. Liquidation is still a possibility.
Bunn’s apparent snub to the Shakers comes after former Rochdale manager Keith Hill also chose to walk away from becoming manager too. Offering his services out saying he was ready to return to management, it now appears he couldn’t be less interested in becoming manager, otherwise, he wouldn’t have walked away while unemployed.
Senior players Jay O’Shea and Tom Aldred became the latest players to leave Gigg Lane, both joining Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar. Danny Mayor is rumoured to be in advanced talks with Ipswich Town and Paul Lambert. Tranmere and Plymouth have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Mayor. Goalkeeping coach Brian Jensen has left, joining manager, assistant vice-captain Nicky Adams and head of fitness John Lucas.
However, off the field chaos has to be sorted before any training session can begin. That lies with chairman Steve Dale. The pre-season mess has just got messier.