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Leicester City looking to cherry-pick Bury FC youngster

Alan Nixon has reported how Bury could be about to lose another player, this time to Leicester City.

The Football Manc Cave noticed a tweet from Nixon that stated how Leicester City are apparently looking at a possible deal for Bury’s, Callum Hulme. He has also stated that if that could go ahead, it would financially help Bury for a short term.

18-year-old Hume is a midfielder who joined Bury from being a junior player at Man City. In February 2017, he moved to the Shakers on a 2-year scholarship. After being a regular in the youth squad, he signed a full professional contract with the club in January 2019.

This would be a brilliant move for the youngster as he started his career at a big club and he’d be moving back to another top-flight club. That’s every player aim and if the rumours are true, I’m guessing he won’t even be giving this a second thought.

If this was to go ahead, Bury could put a good asking price on the table when it comes to making a deal, so that the funds can help to financially stable the club for the time being. I’m not saying it will completely save Bury’s financial troubles although it’s got to temporarily help.

However, this won’t help them on the pitch. Skint Bury will obviously start the season with a 12 point deduction after agreeing on a rescue plan. To make matters worse, there are hardly any players left. In a friendly against Nantwich just over a week ago, every one of the 22 squad players was trialists.

Paul Wilkinson

Since Paul Wilkinson took over Bury at the start of July, he’s lost 8 players taking the total of departed players this summer to a staggering, 14. From their last game of the season against Port Vale, 9 of those players have jumped ship now and Callum Hume could, unfortunately, add to that number.

As a Bolton Wanderers fan, I’m going through the exact same thing as Bury fans right now and I have full sympathy for you. It’s an awful situation to be in. Obviously, players that are scared about how they’ll cope financially going forward will just leave clubs like ours in their current state to better themselves. Although we completely understand players decisions, it’s still a hard pill to swallow when it gets closer and closer to the start of the season and we don’t have a full squad.

I wish Bury and their fans good luck. For both clubs, miracles will have to happen in the coming days.

Shrewsbury Town complete GK double after another Bury FC player walks away from Gigg Lane

Another day goes by and another player walks away from the fire that is currently engulfing Bury FC, in what has become a nightmare summer.

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy is the latest to walk out of Gigg Lane, as he moves to Shrewsbury Town this season.

What is Sam Ricketts’ side getting with the addition of Murphy?

Experience

Goalkeeper Joe Murphy started every game in last seasons promotion under Ryan Lowe, and the 37-year old will no doubt be an older and wiser head in the dressing room.

Yet despite potentially having only one or two seasons left in the locker before retirement, Murphy has already declared he wants to be number one at the New Meadow come August.

A winners mentality

Last season saw the ‘keeper win not only promotion but also named in the League Two team of the year. What more can you want from a keeper?

A point worth mentioning is the recruitment by Shrewsbury of Brian Jenson, the goalkeeping coach at the Shakers until only last week.

It looks as though Jenson may have encouraged Murphy to make the move down South. No doubt both will be hungry to achieve back to back promotions.

‘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.

‘I’d Have Him Here Tomorrow’ 68% of Bury fans Want Keith Hill as The Next Manager

A recent twitter poll showed 68% of Bury fans would take former Rochdale boss Keith Hill as manager next season.

Although this may sound a hellish thought for Bury fans, somewhere in the upcoming plans the club will have to plan for life without Ryan Lowe.

Should there be a club after the 19th June, the successor to Lowe will take over the role in dealing with a threadbare squad and possible points deduction, not to mention one trying to get over two hopeless owners.

An early contender to fill the Gigg Lane hot seat is former Rochdale manager Keith Hill. A surprise too perhaps to see the Dale favourite as a candidate, yet it seems Shakers fans wouldn’t seem to mind Hill in the home dugout next season.

Many fans left their views on Twitter. The footballmanccave.com took a look at the opinions which favoured the football league stalwart.

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?

‘Chester Managers Would Be Mad To Go To Bury’ Chester Fans React To Bosses Linked With Bury FC

Chester joint-managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley are being linked with the vacant managerial position at Bury after, Ryan Lowe departed the club to join Plymouth.

The pair are well regarded after winning promotion from the Vanarama National League North with Salford City, although left the club immediately afterwards. Their first season at Chester saw them finish in ninth place.

Johnson is a lifelong Bury fan, and despite The Shakers having a number of problems off the field, including a winding-up order, it does provide a leap through the EFL for the managerial pair. If the club’s financial issues could be resolved, Bury could challenge next season in League One. Will that opportunity turn the heads of Johnson and Morley?

Let’s see what Chester fans think…

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.

Why It’s Imperative Bury FC Fans Sign Up To Forever Bury

Nearly a week on from the Bury supporter summit where supporters group Forever Bury announced they were going to fight till the lights go out to keep their beloved football club afloat, the re-vamped supporters club is really starting to take shape.

300 fans turned up to join Dave Giffard and his team as they look to keep their local team alive for future generations.

Bury FC was founded in the 1800s, although financial issues over the past few years had led to the club on verge of liquidation.

Productive work across social media had lead to the supporter’s group seeing more fans sign up over the past few days. A week ago only 700 members were apart of Forever Bury in a 9,000 nationwide fan base. That figure has risen considerably over the past seven days.

There have been more than 400 new signups since last Saturday at Gigg Lane alone, with a total of £68,000 raised. With a mission to buy the club in the near future and to see the club find themselves back into safe hands, only fan support can save the Shakers from liquidation. It really is that simple.

With work by Dean Hamer alongside Giffard, there is now renewed hope that the League One club will run for years to come. Hamer set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ page yesterday, raising £465 at the time of writing with a target of £500,000.

It hasn’t been the easiest time for clubs in Greater Manchester recently. Only a short drive from Gigg Lane stands Bolton Wanderers, long-standing rivals yet fans with a shared goal of keeping their respective clubs in business.

The likes of Blackpool, Macclesfield, Charlton and Coventry also have also had a fair few problems with ownership this season. A growing trend which overshadows the competitiveness that the EFL is spanning three divisions.

Despite only 10 miles from Manchester City and Manchester United, the League Two runners up are worlds apart from this long-standing football league club.

Yet better than non-existent, a point no fan wants to admit but knows the prospect is possible. Only by following Forever Bury can fans hope to keep their club in safe hands.

You can sign up to Forever Bury below using this link

https://www.foreverbury.org/join-us

Danny Mayor’s Comments Speak Volumes Regarding The Future of Bury

‘Tell us what is happening’ were the latest comments said to Bury chairman Steve Dale regarding the club’s future and wages for all of the club staff.

The author of those comments was Danny Mayor, who alongside fellow critic of Dale Nicky Adams, speaks volumes for the worries held within the dressing room.

Mayor was at the heart of Bury’s success last season but is yet to sign a new contract keeping him at Gigg Lane. Having spent six years with the Shakers, Mayor has seen everything from promotion to relegation.

Despite dipping in and out of form at times, the number 10 was on top form notching up many goals and assists helping his side to promotion, including the decisive goal at Tranmere in the final week of the season.

Yet he may have played his last game due to the grave uncertainty regarding the future of the club. Speaking to the Bury Times, Mayor spoke out against the chairman and the issues surrounding wages.

“I’m the same as the other lads, I don’t really know what’s going on,” said Mayor.

We’ve not been told anything about whether the club’s going to be sold or not.

We’re kind of in limbo, really.

We saw the statement but we’ve heard a lot of things before and it’s not come to fruition so we have to take it with a pinch of salt.”

Mayor has been linked with several clubs including Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday over recent weeks. There were even reports about a move to near neighbours Salford City as they began their transfer window with the signing of Richie Towell.

However, despite numerous transfer talks, the midfielder seems happy working with Ryan Lowe as are so many of his colleagues. Up to 70% of players want to stay working with their manager this upcoming season.

Despite the positive comments regarding their future which will certainly please fans, no fans would argue with a mass exodus should Steve Dale fail to pay wages or his successor as club chairman.

A nightmare worry could still become a damming reality if a new owner is not in place by June 20th, the day of the new fixture release.

“It’s tough for everyone. I’d love to say everything’s going to work out and I’ll stay at Bury but I can’t sign anything when it’s not been offered.

I can’t keep waiting around to see what they say, hoping the club gets bought. A lot of lads are in the same situation.

They’re out of contract and they’ve got families, and they’ve got to do what’s best for them.”

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