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Bury’s Nicky Maynard will bring 2 crucial qualities to Mansfield Town

Mansfield confirmed the signing of striker Nicky Maynard on a free transfer, following the expiration of his contract at Bury.

Since Bury was promoted from League Two last season, they’ve lost their manager and two best players in Danny Mayor and Maynard. It’s a torrid time for The Shakers and there’s a massive amount of work to do for them to be ready to kick-off their League One campaign on 3rd August.

So, Mansfield has been quick to snap up Maynard. What will he bring to The Stags?

Goals

Simple, but you don’t win games without them. Maynard was the difference between Bury finishing in the playoffs and winning automatic promotion. He scored 22 goals last season and I’m predicting he’ll hit the 20 goal mark again next season in League Two.

The 32-year-old has played for some top clubs over the years, West Ham, Cardiff and Wigan. Although he’s lost his electric pace, Maynard is still quick and an instinctive finisher in the box. Create him chances and you’ll be fighting at the right end of the table come May.

Experience

Mansfield lost out in the play-off semi-final vs Newport County, after losing on penalties.

In these type of games, I feel you need as much experience on the pitch as possible and goal scorers. Neither side overly commits to winning the games, always very tight and scoring opportunities are limited. What you need is an experienced striker, who will score a chance if given one. Someone like, errr Nicky Maynard?

He’s a perfect signing for The Stags. In close games, he only needs one chance and he might be the difference between getting one point or three. That might propel you to promotion instead of having to settle for playoffs.

‘This move still leaves more questions than answers’ Truro City’s Paul Wilkinson becomes new Bury manager

Paul Wilkinson may well not get a managerial promotion like this again in his life. From working in the National League South at Truro City, to now the new figure head of League One Bury.

The standard of Leagues may have gone up, yet the calibre of facility the 54-year-old will walk into has not.

Only on Monday were the Shakers thrown out of Carrington, their training complex previously used by Manchester City for many years. Known to cost an arm and a leg to run, this should have been an overhead owner Steve Dale got rid of straight away in order to balance the books when he took over, instead of not paying staff.

With the latest departures of Nicky Maynard and Danny Mayor to an already depleted squad. The current standard Wilkinson finds himself in may be the worst of his coaching career.

Having spent all of his career as an assistant manager or caretaker manager, this may not be the wisest pick to take over from Ryan Lowe, a fans favourite as player and manager.

Yet after Frankie Bunn walked away from the club training ground on Friday despite being on the verge of becoming manager. The same move Keith hill made when he expressed an interest, it seemed all hope was lost that Bury would ever find a new coach.

Somehow Wilkinson, whose Truro side finished third bottom in football’s sixth division last season, is the man who can solve all the club’s problems. All this seems doubtful, as does the future of the club still.

Defenders Will Aimson and Chris Stokes have become the latest players to flee the sinking ship this week. Seeking first team football at a new club as pre-season gets underway for clubs up and down the country.

Despite the continuous doom and gloom concerning the Shakers, maybe the announcement of Wilkinson could pave the way for a new era at Gigg Lane? Or a more likely story, this move by Dale is a new way to get a form of administration, the much talked about CVA, over the line.

Wilkinson will now try and organise a squad for pre-season friendlies against Blackburn Rovers and Radcliffe Boro in the coming weeks. Amongst that, crossing his fingers the club survives their latest appearance in court in late July.

Despite the new managerial appointment, this move still leaves more questions than answers regarding the future of the 134-year-old club.

Plymouth Argyle looking to cherry pick Bury’s best players

Ryan Lowe is set to raid former club Bury for a number of players to join Plymouth. After a number of off-field problems, Lowe opted to switch Gigg Lane for Home Park, now he’s hoping his former players will follow suit.

It’s reported that Plymouth will target the attacking trio of Danny Mayor, Jay O’Shea and Nicky Maynard who combined to help Bury achieve promotion from League Two last season. The manager clearly knows how to get the best out of the players, why change something that isn’t broken?

Sign all three and do what they did last season, bobs your uncle, promotion sorted. If only life was that easy.

O’Shea, 30, played an integral role for The Shakers last campaign, scoring an impressing 16 goals in 50 appearances. Striker Maynard managed 21 goals, which ultimately proved the difference between Bury being promoted and finishing in the playoffs. The situation surrounding Mayor is different, as his contract expires at the end of the month.

Bury fans will probably be frustrated that Lowe is looking to return to Gigg Lane for signings, however, he’s Plymouth manager now. Forget the past, he has a new challenge and job. If he got the best out of players that resulted in promotion, it’s common sense to want to work with them again.

Two Bury Players That Could Follow Ryan Lowe To Plymouth

Ryan Lowe was appointed the new manager of Plymouth this week. The 40-year-old led Bury to promotion from League Two, but the club have faced numerous off-field issues, including a winding-up petition and staff going unpaid.

He joins a Pilgrims team that were relegated from League One on the final day. Lowe will be looking for automatic promotion next season.

Ryan said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed Argyle manager and to have been given this opportunity to manage a great football club.

Although Lowe did a great job at Bury and is likely to be devastated about how his tenure had to end there, he has a new challenge at Plymouth.

The Shakers could be in for further upset if Lowe comes hunting for his old players, I look at who he might be back for…

Nicky Maynard

A proven goalscorer. Maynard scored 21 goals last season, which proved the difference between automatic promotion and playoffs. The striker has operated at a higher level for the majority his career when playing for West Ham, Bristol City and Wigan, so his experience will also be vital to Plymouth’s side. Lowe clearly knows how to get the best out of Maynard, and a similar goal tally next season could clinch another promotion.

Jay O’Shea

Another player that played a significant role in Bury’s last campaign. He finished the season with 16 goals and five assists, which is a very good return for a midfielder, and with Graham Carey departing Plymouth, Lowe will be looking to replace his creativity. With O’Shea out of contract later this month, and seemingly on the lookout for a new club, an opportunity to work with Lowe again might be the perfect move.

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.

What Are Plymouth Getting if They Get Their Man Ryan Lowe

Despite the marathon 46 game season done and dusted, Bury just cannot keep themselves out of the headlines.

Following on from Wednesday’s player statement which announced the heroes from promotion would indeed have to find another club in order to be paid, rumours of whether the architect to the Shaker’s success might have to leave the North of England to find paid work.

Having turned his hand to punditry over the past few weeks as part of Sky Sports playoff coverage, the man behind promotion looks more than likely now to replicate his success from this season down south.

The Sun have reported the former striker is heading for the exit door at Gigg Lane. So what exactly will Plymouth be getting if they manage to secure Lowe as a manager?

Goals, Goals, Goals

A league-high of 82 goals were scored during the 2018/19 with leading man Nicky Maynard racking up 20 of them.

Although a fair few were leaked at the other end, 56 the second highest in the top seven behind Newport County, the expansive way of playing earned rave reviews up and down the country.

Articles and reports aplenty were dedicated to Bury and Lowe in particular. Argyle fans will see something rather rare next season at Home Park, football-inspired and complimented than non-other than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp himself.

Ditching of traditions

Despite the EFL not being known for glamour football, Bury certainly booked the trend for long ball football, seen far too much in the lower leagues for Lowe’s liking anyway.

Four at the back was quickly ditched for a more expansive and innovative 3-5-2, with the utilisation of wing-backs Nicky Adams and Callum McFadzean being a key to Bury’s play.

The question to Lowe’s success down South, should he go, of course, may come down to which players he can bring in to be able to re-create his attacking style of play.

The relationship he has with Rangers boss Steven Gerrard could pave the way for fresh attacking talent down south. Jordan Rossiter arrived from Scotland in January and, was by far the most consistent signing steering his loan side to automatic promotion.

Lowe and Bury Caught in Two Minds as Administration Looms

Bury will be returning to League One this summer, kicking off a brand new season in August. But before even the fixtures can be announced, a trip back to court looms for the club.

As the dust settles on this year’s promotion back to the third tier, the realisation a potential history defining date on May 15th could well decide Bury’s future.

Until financial issues can be dealt with, planning for next season has to be put on hold. Despite a second place finish in League Two, it seems Bury are unable to make any steps forward as far as strengthening the squad is concerned.

Ryan Lowe and his players have not been paid for two months and while owner Steve Dale has the club up for sale, no potential buyer has come to the forefront yet.

Lowe urged Dale to ‘find a solution’ when discussing the off the pitch drama at the club. As far as his immediate future is concerned, the former striker said he and his players would not be going anywhere soon, yet would need assurances that all club staff, from manager to cleaner, would have a regular wage coming in.

When discussing the off the pitch troubles, Lowe said.

“We’ve done our bit. Now it’s time for the club to find a solution. The club needs an investor or a new owner. It’s up for sale and I hope it’s resolved very soon because I’ve got players effectively out of contract as of yesterday. 

They want to know where they stand, and so do I. Because we’ve all gone a couple of months without pay and we’ve all got to look after our families. 

I ain’t in no rush to leave and nor is anybody else. As long as the finances get resolved, I’m happy. But there’s a deadline on everything isn’t there? And there’ll come a point where all of us – myself, my staff, the players – become available’.

Many clubs will look to the work achieved by the former striker, realising that in the past year the EFL saw the emergence of a top manager. Only days after the 2018/19 season drew to a close, Plymouth Argyle was a club reported having shown an interest in him.

Danny Mayor is now out of contract and Nicky Maynard is a free agent. These are two players of many who could look elsewhere in their careers if they are to lose faith in the Bury board.

For now, fans will hope and pray Dale finds his successor. Wednesday’s big court day could well decide everything. Long AND short term.

Three players Bury Just Can’t Do Without Next Season In League One

As the 2018/19 football league season draws to a close, the question of promotion for Bury has finally be answered. Yes, of course Ryan Lowe’s side would eventually join Lincoln City in League One next season, as confirmed on Tuesday night at Tranmere Rovers.

Other than the division change, the thought that Bury could be without their best players and even manager is a worrying thought all fans will not even want to consider.

So as the Shakers look to prepare for life in League One, without or without Lowe and his backroom staff, we take a look at the three players Bury will want to cling onto next season…

Danny Mayor 

Scorer of the goal that earned Bury promotion in their 1-1 draw with Tranmere on Tuesday night, the key to the side’s creativity throughout this season as well. Missed so much during April in defeats against Cambridge and Carlisle through suspension, the idea the upcoming League Two club could lose their midfield man isn’t really an option anybody with an affiliation to the club would want to consider.

With 12 goals and 11 assists this season in all competitions, Mayor will no doubt be in hot pursuit for many League One and even Championship clubs. With the club back up for sale and with no takers at present, Mayor may look elsewhere to extend his playing career, especially considering the fact he turns 28 and arguably in the prime of his career.

Nicky Maynard 

Again another obvious choice to list, yet considering he is the clubs top goal scorer this season in a promotion winning one, Maynard’s first season in Greater Manchester may well be his last.

His 21 chart stopping season is bettered by only two players in League Two this season in James Norwood (Tranmere) and Tyler Walker (Mansfield Town). He didn’t start his playing season till September either, so his record in front of goal is one any other investor couldn’t ignore. Like Mayor, the ex-Aberdeen man will not want to see a salary reduction. The chances of him remaining as the frontman of Bury are most definitely in doubt.

Dom Telford 

Potentially a left field name to mention in this list yet after starring in the Checkatrade Trophy run this season, the 22-year-old is someone the Shakers will want to keep hold of and not let a relatively young striker head out the exit door.

Even though players like Jay O’Shea or Nicky Adams may be standout options, 14 goals in only his second full playing season is no bad total. With youth on his side, he could well be the long term choice up front for Bury and an immediate successor to Maynard up top.

Bury host Port Vale in the final match of this memorable season back in League Two. How many players make the team sheet for opening fixtures in August is anyone’s guess however.

Bury’s Undroppable Midfielders May Miss Out on Player of Year Award

Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea were nominated for League Two player of the season on Tuesday. Rightly so, between them they’ve netted 26 goals and 12 assists in the process of taking Bury to within touching basis of promotion with 8 games to play.

There is no doubt a few eyebrows may have been raised when Lowe opted for a 3-5-2 formation back in August following on from Bury’s slow start to life in League Two, but there has been no better players than Mayor or O’Shea who have benefited from the formation switch.

For Mayor, he has no doubt found a level to excel at in League Two this season and his creative play will prove just that. Still Bury’s main creative force and the main architect behind Bury’s newly found attacking play under Lowe this season.

Jay O’Shea has been of similar ranking and no doubt deserves his nomination, but may be overlooked for the award. One of the surviving players from the shambles that was Bury’s 2017/18 League One campaign under Lee Clark, Chris Lucketti and then finally Lowe himself as caretaker manager, O’Shea has powered through the ranks netting 16 goals this year and he’s got 8 games to still add to his tally.

Whether Bury’s nominees win the award is another matter, but they may be one goalscoring machine that could deny either the top prize.

Despite a fair few assists from Lowe’s duo, neither can come close to Tranmere striker James Norwood in terms of goals, scoring 26 league goals this season, 9 more than Nicky Maynard. Where Tranmere would be without his goals in another debate. 5 wins in a row, the Merseyside based club look the most likeliest to make one final push for the automatic promotion places, trailing MK Dons by 5 points but can look to David’s Flitcroft Mansfield cracking under pressure for a glimmer of hope.

All three have had a huge effect on there respective teams this season, but if Mayor and O’Shea are to be denied, it will be simply because an out and out goal scorer has had one of those seasons.

Can Bury Take Advantage of Lincoln’s Tricky Fixture Run-In To Be Crowned Champions

In today’s football calendar there are very few weekends off, so Bury’s postponement against Cambridge last weekend means it’s been two weeks since a late Nicky Maynard winner saw the Shakers steal all three points over Stevenage, with a performance typical of ‘the hallmark of champions’.

Since that dramatic afternoon, Bury are still capable of winning League Two as the season enters the home straight. In order to take the top spot, they’ll need to avoid any more defeats, home or away. That may seem almost impossible on paper but Bury hasn’t got much choice with Danny Cowley’s Lincoln still six points clear.

With only 8 (Lincoln) and 9 (Bury) games left to play, Ryan Lowe will be hoping for something extra special to end his superb first season in charge at Gigg Lane. Bury have 27 points left to play for, meaning that right now a total of 97 points are the maximum Lowe’s men can reach. Lincoln on 76 points have an achievable target of 100, but can’t afford more than one slip up realistically due to the gap at the top of the table so tight.

What’s likely is neither team will suffer more than two stumbles before the end of the season, but a few stand out matches could cause the odd issue, however.

Back-to-back games against playoff chasing Colchester and Carlisle will be no easy task, the same goes for Tranmere in the final away game who sit in the top seven as things stand. For Lincoln, their games will bring a smile to a Bury fan dreaming of the League Two end of season number one spot.

They’ll play the same opposition as Bury who are listed above plus MK Dons who have a puncher’s chance of automatic promotion. A home game taking on Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield will also throw up a different challenge altogether, and one that shouldn’t be underestimated.

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Many Bury fans will relish the thought of promotion alone this season, going up as champions will merely be a bonus to what’s already been accomplished. In Lincoln’s game at Mansfield last Monday night, several shakers fans would rather have seen an Imps win than three points for former manager David Flitcroft and Mansfield for example.

Bury’s own ambitions will probably rest on how many, or how few points Lincoln drop before the season is out. Therefore, looking at Lincoln’s run in fixtures, fans can dream at least.

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