The joy of promotion to League One is being tarnished at Gigg Lane, with off the field issues leaving the players at Bury FC in limbo, having not been paid by the club for a period of 12 weeks, as reported in the MEN and winding-up petitions and the potential sale of the club still to be resolved.
For Bury manager Ryan Lowe this situation has reached crisis point, with the 40-year-old close to taking over at relegated League One side Plymouth Argyle as reported in The Sun, with Argyle offering more long-term security despite plying their trade in League Two next season.
So is Lowe right to be weighing up an offer from Plymouth, considering the off-field situation at Gigg Lane?
“This is a surprising move on paper, given the on-field situation of both clubs.
“However, I think Lowe is justified in considering a move to Plymouth. It would provide him with more job security.
“It will also be very difficult for his Bury side to compete in League One with very limited funding, so I think it’s a good time for him to jump ship.”
“It’s purely reflective of the abhorrent situation at Bury.
“Yet another rogue owner. Yet another shattered dream.
“Ryan Lowe is an ambitious manager and this might not be obvious with the move he’s about to make, but he has to do it.
“He doesn’t want to suffer like Phil Parkinson did at Bolton.”
“This would be an excellent appointment for Plymouth, but a massive blow for Bury.
“Lowe is a fantastic manager and deserves great credit for the way he was able to achieve promotion from League Two with Bury this season, despite the club’s financial problems.
“He could have what it takes to win promotion again with Plymouth next season.
“If he does leave Bury though, it would leave the club in a very difficult position going into the summer.”
“It shows the mess that Bury are in really.
“It seems strange to be talking about a manager quitting after leading his side to promotion, but these are odd circumstances at Bury and can’t be pleasant to be apart of.
“This feels like it’ll be a massive blow for the side heading into League One.”