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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.”

Fans Turn Up United to Help Save Bury FC

There are few occasions in this world where a back street social club can save a football club, however, the Victoria Community and Youth Centre in Whitefield may have just bucked the trend.

Despite chairman of Bury FC Steve Dale being a no show once again, club director Matt McCarthy took to the microphone to answer questions Shakers fans have been dying to answer for weeks.

On an early spring night against Cambridge United, rumours began to fly around regarding just how bad the money situation was concerning the League Two runners up.

Now two months since the drama surfaced, over 250 fans came together alongside the board of directors to help save one of England’s oldest football clubs.

The aim of the night was to ‘be united’ and end the deep divide between any Bury fan or club official who has taken aim at how the Shakers have been run.

By the end of the night, board member McCarthy was receiving warm applause from all sections of the room. There you can work out how well the night had gone.

The situation regarding Bury is still a mess, so to speak. Staff are yet to be paid, players can follow Scott Burgess out of the club at any given time. Ryan Lowe can leave the club for Plymouth or potentially Tranmere Rovers if he wants to at any moment.

Yet the beauty of having an ex-player as a manager means, Lowe will do no such thing. Fans were told Lowe and the majority of players would stand by the club. The training pitch at Carrington may have to go to save costs. All being well, however, if Bury are to be sold and bought again, the manager and his staff want to be training at Lower Gigg as soon as possible.

Right now though Steve Dale is the chairman and until any changes are made as far as he is concerned, Bury Football Club still remain in trouble. Attendees were asked not to shout or hurl abuse at Dale anymore. This Saturday a protest will be held outside the ground at 1 pm.

The good news regarding a sale is potential investors still remain. One of whom is Forever Bury where Dave Giffard has launched a potential takeover bid, but he said his expected claim will be turned down.

The good news is, far too many people in the area don’t want to see Bury go into liquidation. Everybody, however, wants Dale to sell up and never to think about them again.

McCarthy will hold talks with the EFL today with regards to the clubs future. As we all know, however, this turmoil cannot last forever.

With the 2019/20 fixtures due to be released on June 20th, the chances of another court adjournment are impractical. Nobody who loves football wants to see a club founded in the 1800’s go bust.

Sadly far too many custodians of 21st century football have threatened for clubs to fall beneath the waistline. On a positive note, far too many won’t let that happen, as a meeting on a warm May night in Whitefield proved.

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.

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.

Rangers Are in For a Treat With Bury Midfielder Jordan Rossiter Returning After Successful Loan Spell

Jordan Rossiter has always been a player with great ability. A graduate of the Liverpool academy before joining Rangers a few years back, it was clear Bury had landed a promising star when they took the midfielder on in January.

Boss Ryan Lowe couldn’t contain his excitement when the 21-year old put pen to paper on a short term contract. From his early performances for the Shakers, it became clear why Lowe was so elated to bring Rossiter into the club.

Playing in the base of the midfield in behind Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea, the work rate shown by Rossiter hasn’t gone unnoticed. His work rate has been at a level that many midfielders in the modern game just don’t have. Bury fans will certainly be sad to see the Englishmen leave.

Watching on in Scotland, Steven Gerrard will be more than impressed with what he will hear from Lowe when the two managerial allies review Rossiter’s progress. Sent down to Bury for more game time, Rossiter has embraced the challenge. His level is probably better than what he was playing in, however. The workaholic wouldn’t be out of his depth at Sunderland or Portsmouth for example.

An early career dominated by injury, the Rangers boss made it clear the Scouser would need to leave Glasgow if he stood any chance of playing in the Rangers first team one day in the future.

In his final game against Port Vale, Bury’s number 11 scored his first goal and Bury’s 104th of the season.

There was nothing bar positives for Rossiter and Bury in their most recent campaign. He was voted man of the match against Port Vale, this is nothing new. A tidy one-two with Mayor went back to Rossiter whose shot from outside the box dipped under the bar.

A great goal from a player who has a wonderful ability. Rangers take back a player on great form this summer. We now watch to see if he plays for them next season.

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.

Bury Fans Hoping For Promotion Party 2.0 at Prenton Park

Four years ago, Tom Soares goal earned Bury a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, ensuring a top three promotion spot and that The Shakers would play their 2015/16 football in League One. On a rather substantial budget, David Flitcroft’s team won promotion, finishing the season third on 85 points.

Sadly this would be ex-manager Flitcroft and ex-chairman Day’s one and only promotion with the club. 18 months later the now Mansfield boss was sacked from the helm at Gigg Lane whilst Day would flee the club the same year the club were relegated back down to League Two, 2018.

Now on Saturday an all new Bury side will aim to repeat what was achieved on the final day of the 2014/15 season, or at least take them near enough to the finish line. Although the squad has seen a fair few turnovers, the strong contingent of fans remains the same and a sell out visiting end will travel to Merseyside with plenty of optimism ahead of Bury’s final away game of the season.

A win would near enough send Bury back up to League One. This has become a must not lose game for Lowe’s side as any more slip ups could leave them faced in a potential five team final day promotion battle.

Tranmere are certainly not the side there were back in 2015. Then already relegated to the Non-League, now Micky Mellon’s side sit four points off the automatic promotion spots, five behind Bury after 44 games. Within their ranks is none other than James Norwood, league Two’s top goalscorer with 27 goals and player of the season, pipping Danny Mayor and Jay O’Shea to the award.

Mellon will believe his side are more than a match for Bury. Having gone without a win in three away games on the road, putting a dent into The Shaker’s promotion coffin is by no means impossible.

However, the never die attitude of Bury FC is something Rovers will find hard to match. Visiting fans may well see another post match 5pm huddle, something we’ve seen a fair few times in recent weeks.

81 points should be enough for promotion, due to MK Dons and Mansfield going up against each other next Saturday.  In the event of a ‘promotion party’ which will probably include a pitch invasion in the Port Vale game, this would mean a fond farewell to the fourth division, but on the flip side, a goodbye to the majority of first team players and maybe even manager due to problems completely out of their hands.

But that article can wait. First let’s see if this present team can collect six points can from their final two games.

Bury Back on Track, Scholesy Opens Up and Judgment Day For Stockport!

This is the EFL and Below show, your look at all of the footballing action in Greater Manchester from outside of the Premier League.

Niall McCaughan from the Manchester Football Social is joined by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson from the Football Manc Cave.

With Bury struggling financially off the pitch, their form has taken a dip – but they got back to winning ways at the weekend and now their promotion push is back on track.

Paul Scholes spoke on the TV about his 31 day stint at Oldham – is the managers job at Boundary Park a poisoned chalice?

Stockport take on Chorley in the National League North soon – a league title decider if ever there was one!

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