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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.

Reluctantly Nicky Adams Leaves Bury FC Following Off-The-Pitch Saga

It has sadly been revealed that after a lot of off-pitch problems for Bury this season, Nicky Adams has had no other option but to leave the club.

The Shakers have been financially troubled this season, players have been going without pay and the club have had a winding-up order. The 32-year-old revealed the news via his twitter where he explained that he had an extension to his contract with Bury “rejected” by the EFL.

I am a Bolton Wanderers fan myself and can completely relate to the Bury fans in this situation. At the end of the day, nobody would turn up to a job that they weren’t getting paid for, and even though people argue that footballers should have enough money behind them either way, you have to think about the bigger picture.

Everyone lives around the money they earn and if you get a contract given to you that allows you to buy a big house, nice car and in a lot of footballers cases, start a family, you can’t say you wouldn’t do the same. So to not earn the money you need to fund your home and family, it starts to cause problems in all areas of your life.

This is why I cannot blame a footballer for leaving a club even if they thought they’d be there for a lot longer if there are problems off the pitch that isn’t in your control, you need to take control of the situation yourself.

So what has he decided to do?

Move to Northampton. This could be a brilliant move for the midfielder as the club are managed by Kieth Curle who managed Adams at Carlisle United for 2 years. Hopefully, this will solve Adams’ problems off the pitch and it could be a promising move for the cobblers.

I hope all the Bury players can find a solution if the club cannot sort all of their financial matters. It’s a terrible position to be in for any club. A nice touch to finish with, however, on his twitter post, Nicky added, “I’ll be a forever fan of Bury FC.”

Gutted!! Bury FC Fans React To Nicky Adams Leaving

The mass exodus at Bury continues. What a sad state of affairs it is at Gigg Lane.

A club that has just been promoted back to League One, should be planning for next season and be an exciting time for their fans. Instead, they are watching their beloved club be destroyed. Manager Ryan Lowe is reportedly on the verge of joining Plymouth, and club legend Nicky Adams has announced he will be departing the Shakers this summer.

It is expected that Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea will also leave the club when their contracts expire later this month. Will they even be able to field a team in August? It’s certainly not looking good.

Here’s how some Bury fans reacted to the news that Nicky Adams will be leaving the club…

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

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.

Owner’s AWOL, Staff Unpaid & Bury FC Are Seemingly Going Forgotten

Much of the football news from this part of the country towards the end of last season focused on the plight of Bolton Wanderers and their seemingly unending fight to remain in existence.

Much was made of the need to keep the club from disappearing due to its rich history. However, just down the road, an equally important battle was being fought out at Bury FC whose history dates back 134 years and have equal claims to be considered as vital to the Football League pyramid.

With Bolton heading for administration and life in League One, supporters around the country have organised food collections for staff who haven’t been paid and are experiencing acute hardship.

Whilst this is to be applauded obviously, it appears to have overshadowed the similar position Bury staff find themselves in. It is possible that Bury’s automatic promotion from League Two has somehow been misinterpreted as evidence that the club are doing well, and that their future is bright and secured – but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Bury still face an uncertain future, while owner Steve Dale goes AWOL and leaves the staff to fend for themselves in this crucial and uncertain time. At the insolvency hearing in the High Court, Judge Prentis acknowledged the fact that Bury was a ‘historic’ club and adjourned the case till June 19th.

That is still four weeks away and although it gives the club some breathing space in which to bring in last-minute potential buyers, the unpaid staff still have bills of their own and are often the forgotten party in situations like this.

There is no real reason why Bolton should be considered to be in a worse situation than Bury, and there are surely fans from other clubs who would gladly help out if needed.

The problem, of course, is the lack of publicity smaller clubs get and although both Bolton and Bury will be hopefully competing against each other next season. It will always be ‘ex-Premier League’ Bolton who make the headlines despite Bury holding the record for the highest FA Cup final score for 116 years.

It should be remembered that although Bury are not as well supported as the two Manchester clubs, visitors to Gigg Lane and the town, spend money that benefits the local community and that is a vital source of income for local businesses.

I what should be an exciting preseason full of hope and preparation for life in England’s third tier, Bury are left between a rock and a hard place. Many of the playing staff are starting to vent their anger socially, after holding their tongue for too long.

There’s a sense at Bury that many people at the top end are in it for themselves, they forget that long after they have gone the fans remain, the community remains and hopefully the club remains.

This is a lower league club, a small town club, that is not there to line the pockets of crooked owners. Real life, local people are being affected by the flippant decisions made at the top. It brings stress and much more for many who have not been paid for three months, this has to stop now and the EFL have to take ownership of their dealings with potential owners.

Bury Football Club needs your help, get in touch and let’s get these amazing people who are going without pay, the aid they need.

Bury Live To Fight Another Day With Interest Growing in The Shakers

A winding-up petition for Bury has been adjourned as one of three possible buyers look set to lead the club heading into League One.

The League Two runners up were given time for owner Steve Dale to find his successor, and clear up the current debt. Owner Dale has been given till the 19th June to find a new custodian.

On a positive note, up to three potential buyers are said to be interested in buying the club, although no agreement has been reached as the Shakers returned to court following on from the previous adjournment last month.

Dale said there was ‘potential interest’ in taking over his role as chairman, with the door wide open for new investment. Bury are said to be an ‘attractive proposition’ after the clubs most recent promotion.

However, as any fan of an EFL club will know, nobody is out of the woods just yet. This has been a lucky day for the Shakers, after being given vital time with regards to finding new ownership.

Sporting director Lee Dykes was removed from his job last week with the aims to limit outgoings.  HMRC is owed £277,640.77 in unpaid tax, though they are confident this money will be paid back.

After Bolton Wanderers were placed into administration and a 12 point penalty for the start of next season in League One, this is, therefore, a fairly positive outcome.

Yet all this will be for nothing unless a change of ownership takes place and one of the potential investments proves to be a success. North Ferriby of the Non-League fell to existence only this year, even though they only owed debts of £8,000.

Bury clearly owe far more than this, but the priority has to be finding a new owner; the third in less than 12 months. The future of manager Lowe and several first-team players will be up in the air for as long as the background politics goes on.

Anyone who has an interest with Bury will wait for the conclusion of this financial drama with great interest. Still, the long term future of the 134-year team is still very much up in the air.

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.

Bury & Stockport Are Up, Bolton Down, Salford in The Playoffs, with Rochdale & Wigan Safe

This is the EFL and Below Show from the Manchester Football Social, your look at all of the footballing action in Greater Manchester that doesn’t come from the Premier League.

Niall McCaughan is joined by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson from the Football Manc Cave after a busy period which saw Bury promoted to League One despite their off-field issues, and Stockport County making a welcome return to the 5th tier of English football after winning the National League North.

Bolton continue to be shrouded in ownership doubts and were relegated from the Championship in a week where the players went on strike – the same can’t be said for Paul Cook’s Wigan Athletic who dug in to secure their place in the second tier for another season, much like Brian Barry-Murphy’s Rochdale side who have avoided relegation in League One.

Salford are unsure of their fate as they prepare to take on the National League playoffs – plenty to talk about of course on this week’s episode!

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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.

Steve Dale Puts Bury Up For Sale as Bailiffs Tried To Take The Goalposts

Bury chairman Steve Dale has announced he has put the League Two up for sale to new prospective buyers. The club back in court on May 15, having had a previous hearing on April 10 adjourned at the Insolvency and Companies Court.

In a statement released on Thursday, Dale announced he was only a temporary custodian of the club. He announced since his arrival last November, temporary plans had been put in place to ensure the clubs long term future, but admitted in a lengthy statement on the clubs website, decisions taken had been ‘worse than imagined’.

Dale said, ‘I have outlined in my previous statements the difficult environment we bought into in late November, which has been well documented. Even though I was advised by my advisors not to proceed, I decided I could help, given the information we had was true.

Whilst not ideal, we took it on. This football club was in serious trouble, and this turned out to be far in excess of what we could have comprehended. I can confidently say that had the takeover not gone ahead when it did, Bury Football Club would have been no more’.

It’s fair to say the club has been living on thin ice now for long time. Club memorabilia and goalposts were among the items debt collectors tried to take, trying to prevent Ryan Lowe’s team from playing their home games.

Moreover, Dale goes to further state that he and his company are the reasons the club is still afloat today, for without him, Bury FC would have gone bust.

Citing massive outgoings on player wage bills and staffing levels equivalent to that of a championship club. Ghosts of the Stewart Day era look set to haunt the future of the club and as the statement suggests, work done over the past few weeks by Dale could ensure the League Two clubs survival, with the hope a new custodian take the role.

The Statement continues with,’Let’s be clear here; there would have been no Bury FC had we not took it on. Was it 100 times worse than we thought? Yes, it was. I can’t expand on this, as it would prejudice our case in law. We have daily battles to keep the Club alive, but one thing is clear the Club needs to understand what it is. It’s a Club with c4,500 regular fans; it has staffing levels akin to a Championship Club. We need c£1.6m to pay wages, HMRC, pensions (not creditors) to the end of May, and we have a projected income of c£180k for this period’.

Life at Bury has been more than eventual where issues off the pitch have been as a big a talking point as events on it where the team itself is doing rather well, second in League Two.

In the final part of his message, the soon to be outgoing chairman credited work done on the football side of the club and, said there was interest from potential investors in buying the club.

Furthermore, over the last few days, I have received some expressions of interest. Given this, I would like to openly invite offers to me directly, to take over ownership of the Club.

Consideration will be given to prospective buyers who are able to commit the necessary time, money and full, undivided attention that’s needed to build upon the progress we’ve made which is considerable, and secure the future of this great Club for many years to come’.

The final line could be in doubt, for the time being at least. Whoever takes over from Dale has by no means an easy job.

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