Football can be a cruel mistress, taking you from delight to despair in a matter of days.
That’s the situation at Bury at the moment. They secured League One football for next season, but now face a battle to simply exist beyond this week. They’re in a dire situation, struggling financially and facing a huge revolt from inside the club.
Nicky Adams and Tom Miller have blasted the chairman recently and now manager Ryan Lowe has been given permission to talk to Plymouth Argyle about their vacant manager’s role.
Argyle dropped out of League One on the final day of the season, despite winning 3-2 against Scunthorpe. They dismissed the bullish Derek Adams previous to that win, but in Lowe they’re targeting a different type of manager altogether.
The former Shrewsbury forward is pensive and reserved, he plots and is an astute tactician who oversaw some of the best football in League Two at Bury.
He attracted good players to the club, Nicky Maynard one who seriously impressed after joining shortly after the start of the season. Losing him will be a blow to Bury, but will be exactly what Argyle need.
Whatever it costs, they must get Lowe. He was linked with the Luton Town job in January, which underlines the potential he has to be a top manager. Staying in League Two after winning promotion might not seen a wise move, but Plymouth are on a much more secure footing than the Shakers.
If Lowe did go there, he might be able to tempt key players such as Graham Carey to remain at the club. Caret would thrive under his management, he’s a similar player to Danny Mayor who excelled in Lowe’s attacking formation.
League Two is a competitive division next season, with lots of big hitters aiming to progress. There are some big-name managers in there too, Paul Hurst, Darrell Clarke and Gary Bowyer to name just three.
It would certainly be a bigger test of Lowe’s skill than this season, where Mansfield, MK Dons and Forest Green seemingly did their best to avoid the top three.
If Plymouth are to succeed, they need to make this appointment as a matter of urgency.