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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.

Bury more concerned about off the pitch matters than the Carabao Cup draw ‘I take it if we have enough players they will be driving themselves to Sheffield! No coach firm is going to give us credit are they!’

The Carabao Cup was drawn last night and fans of all clubs are giving opinions today but Bury have other concerns. 

With the ongoing off-pitch drama for Bury, as expected, their fans don’t seem massively bothered about the Cup draw. They are more bothered about the club getting back on top of their financial troubles, sorting their squad and getting a new manager.

For fans who are optimistic that their club can get back on top, Bury will face Sheffield United away on the 12th of August.

Here’s some fan reactions;

Lowe linked with a trip back to bury for Maynard, what would he add to Plymouth Argyle?

There are whispers of a move for Bury’s Nicky Maynard following his ex-manager Ryan Lowe to Plymouth. 

As fans know by now, Ryan Lowe left Bury after their financial struggles and joined Plymouth. He’s now out on recruitment duty as he builds his new team. Now he could be trying to close a deal for his ex-player, Nicky Maynard.

The 32-year-old has been around but found himself at Bury last summer, and now he could be the answer to Plymouth’s forward line up after Freddie Ladapo may be moving on.

So, if the move does go ahead, what can the 32 year old bring to Plymouth?

Manager Relationship

As I’ve said, Ryan Lowe is clearly looking at players that have already served him well, and this could be a good tactic when it comes to the rest of the Plymouth team. He will hopefully drive the players to believe in the manager and when other teammates see the quality of Maynard, they’ll want to be able to deliver.

At Bury, he helped with the promotion after scoring 22 times in 41 appearances in league two. He’s gone on to live up to that reputation and if he has a change in clubs, I can only see that total getting higher, especially under management that is a familiar face.


Let’s look at his past record. He left Crewe’s academy team for Bristol in 2008 after scoring 35 goals in 67 games. Nicky joined West Ham and managed 4 goals in 17 appearances before joining Cardiff.

Unfortunately, he suffered an injury resulting in him only making 26 appearances in the three years he was there. The summer of 2015 came around and he went on to play for MK Dons, Aberdeen and then Bury.

It looks as though most Bury players are moving on to other clubs with the off-field problems continuing. I hope if the transfer goes ahead, Maynard can have a promising season. 

A rundown of the contenders for the vacant Bury job

After Ryan Lowe decided to leave Bury for Plymouth Argyle last week, a variety of names have been swirling around for who might succeed him as manager.

Whoever does replace fans favourite Lowe will have a tough challenge on their hands. With the club back in court on the 19th June, the latest man to take over the managerial reigns could be one in administration, with that being a fairly positive outcome as well.

So which employed or unemployed coach will put pen to paper on a contract leaving them in charge of the League One side?

Keith Hill

A recent fans poll saw that 68% of fans would like to see the former Rochdale manager lead the club out of their biggest financial crisis to date. Having taken close rivals Dale to promotion twice, in 2010 and 2014, on a low budget. Many believe he would be the man to consolidate the Shakers position in England’s third tier.

What’s more, Hill is ‘not afraid’ to try his hand at taking on the challenge that is Bury FC. His most recent season at Rochdale would suggest a look in a different direction with regards to management, however. He was sacked in March at Spotland with the club on the verge of relegation. Their best form occurred when he left.

Ryan Kidd

Arguably the one the fans would want to see take over from Lowe. Head of the academy, Kidd will know just what pain fans, staff and players will have gone through over the past few months as the Shakers went for promotion.

One of previous chairman Stewart Day’s best decisions was to make Lowe permanent manager, after the previous relegation from League One. A decision of this type wouldn’t be far out of place in the current climate. Will any other coach know how bad the financial situation at Bury compared to Kidd?

David Flitcroft

A former manager at Gigg Lane, the Flitcroft era was as dramatic as they come. On a big budget, he guided Bury to promotion in his first full season in charge four years ago.

But truth be told he was never a big hit with the fans, and the majority were glad to see the back of him after a horrific run of results in League One.

Since leaving Greater Manchester, a season at Mansfield ended in failure. After spending a large part of last season in the automatic promotion places, the Stags fell short missing out on promotion with the playoffs. One of the leading candidates with bookmakers but surely a long shot for the full-time manager slot again.

Once The Dust Settles, Bury FC Should Be Looking at These 2 Managers to Push The Club Forward

With the ongoing financial problems at Bury still taking place, manager Ryan Lowe had no other option than to leave, which has the Shakers looking for a replacement. 

Ryan Lowe leaving the side to join Plymouth Argyle has put Keith Hill at the top of the list as the favourite to take the job. Hill has been out of work since being sacked by Rochdale and this would be a good move for him. Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley of Chester have also both been linked to the job and, both names have been in speculation but today they have both revealed how they haven’t been in talks with Bury and even though Johnson is a Bury fan himself, he has no intentions to talk to the club.

With administration being a possibility for the Shakers and a high court hearing in place, it’s likely that these problems will have to be resolved before they can appoint a new manager. So who else should Bury look at when the time does come?

Derek Adams

The former Plymouth manager has already been suggested but with the financial problems that Bury have been in, Adams could be a good choice. Some have said it would be like a “manager swap” as Ryan Lowe has now joined Adams’ previous club. If Steve Dale can sell his club and sort the money issues out, maybe a good deal could be put on the table.

Ian Holloway

The 56-year-old is supposedly looking to get back into management after his great run with previous clubs such as Blackpool and seeing as he left QPR last May, he may take an easy offer. Plymouth fans really wanted Holloway to join their side before it was confirmed that Lowe would be joining them, however, maybe Bury would be better suited with him to keep up their on-field performance while their off-field issues are hopefully sorted.

Opinion: Bury’s Danny Mayor linked to Plymouth, a good move?

When a manager moves clubs, there is always speculation about who he will be bringing with him, both on and off the pitch. The latest rumour of this type is that Bury winger Danny Mayor could be set to follow his old manager Ryan Lowe from Bury to Plymouth Argyle.

The winger is out of contract this summer so would be a good move for Plymouth. Having been a key figure in Bury’s promotion season with 11 goals and 10 assists in 42 appearances in all competitions as they got promoted out of League Two, the division that Plymouth now find themselves in.

So is it a good move?

For all parties involved, we’d be inclined to say yes, for Danny Mayor he escapes all the off-field carry on that is currently drowning poor Bury Football Club. He gets a solid pay-check and a manager that already believes in him, and is very aware of just what he is capable of producing. The only negative we can see is that he could perhaps take a gamble and look for a team slightly higher up the ladder, having already proved his class in League Two, reaching double figures for goals and assists.

Is it a good move for Plymouth?

Again the answer is yes. As we mentioned, Mayor is a very good winger at League Two level, one of the best in the division. Therefore, under the right manager, that they already have, by the way, can be a game winner. As Argyle looks to bounce straight back up to League One next season, signing players like Mayor is a great way to start and show the intent that the club that wants to go places.

Opinion: Is Former Rochdale Boss Keith Hill The Right Fit For Bury

First and foremost, I think Bury’s main priority needs to be to sort their club out before they start thinking about managers and players. It’s amazing this club won promotion last season, and are now managerless, with fans worrying they won’t even have a team to watch in August.

Ryan Lowe has departed to Plymouth, with most of the players expected to follow him out of the exit door. Whoever gets the job of appointing a manager, staff and player will have an enormous job on their hands. However, this is a club that should be competing at a good level. From a Wigan fan, I genuinely hope the club finds a resolution to this nightmare between now and August, for the sake of the fans.

So, into the meat of the article – would Keith Hill be a good fit for Bury?

Yes, in my opinion. I imagine the club will just be looking to consolidate next season, stay in the division and try to build a squad again. Hill has managed in the EFL for over 10 years, he has experience of creating battle-hardened squads, having won promotion twice with Rochdale. Obviously, Bury won’t have a significant transfer budget given the current circumstances, and that’s something Hill is used to dealing with, at Barnsley he signed Matt Done and Scott Wiseman for relatively low fees.

The new manager at Bury will largely be relying on signing frees and loans. You want a manager who has experience in the league, lots of contacts with other clubs/players/agents and a drive to succeed. Hill has managed a lot of players over the years, surely he could get a band back together at Bury.

At the moment, The Shakers aren’t an attractive proposition. However, they are in League One. If the off-field problems could be resolved, a year of consolidation could lead to a positive following season. There is certainly potential.

Would Bury fans be happy with Keith Hill?

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.

OPINION: Ryan Lowe Leaves Bury a Legend As He Joins Plymouth Argyle

The vast majority of football people will have heard of the plight that is facing Bury FC, unpaid staff, unpaid players and a club facing financial turmoil with an owner that doesn’t seem to care about the club.

The shining light for Bury, however, was on the pitch, with club legend Ryan Lowe at the helm somehow they managed to gain promotion from League Two. That’s about where the positives end, it seems all the money gained from this promotion has lined the pockets of their owner never to be seen again.

It does really sum up what kind of owner Bury have when the only person at the club who got their wages paid was the departing manager, and that was only so he could leave for a new club at the cost of £150,000, and guess where that money went.

I deeply believe that nobody can hold leaving Bury against promising manager Ryan Lowe, yes it was for Plymouth in a lower division but the man has a family to look after and therefore needs his wages on time.

After everything Lowe has done at Bury, the man in the eyes of most fans is a club legend having contributed to three promotions as a player and manager, plus scoring 71 goals in 180 appearances.

Sadly it seems like Bury will go into administration with none of the staff or players having been paid since March, therefore it’s very likely that they will have to find a brand new squad. Furthermore, Losing the majority of those that won them promotion, and possibly start next year with a points deduction meaning they are very unlikely to stay in League One and all Lowe and the players of last years hard work will be undone.

‘Well Worth The Wait For The Young Manager’ Plymouth Argyle Fans Rejoice as Lowe Signs From Bury

Another kick in the teeth for Bury as their manager, Ryan Lowe has decided to join Plymouth Argyle.

The 40-year-old led Bury to promotion from League Two, but it isn’t new news that Bury have been faced with a lot of off-field problems such as players going unpaid and they received a winding up petition. This has led to the manager taking on a new challenge.

Plymouth were relegated last season but they hope that Ryan Lowe can live up to his expectations, and do with Plymouth what he managed for Bury.

The Plymouth fans have been expressing their delight after the news broke and there are some fans that are already expecting promotion, wins, new signings but the thing that stands out the most on twitter today is the sympathy for Bury FC…

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