Bury are locked in an ominous financial situation despite their promotion to League One this season, and they could be plunged into further uncertainty with manager Ryan Lowe weighing up his future.
The Shakers finished second in League Two during Lowe’s first full season in charge to secure automatic promotion alongside Lincoln City and MK Dons.
But it is now thought that Bury’s financial situation means Lowe is ready to quit the club and take over at newly-relegated Plymouth Argyle, according to The Sun.
The Pilgrims are searching for a new boss after sacking Derek Adams just days before their relegation to League Two was confirmed, and they have reportedly pinpointed Lowe as first choice.
Lowe is thought to be reluctant to depart Gigg Lane given his on-field success, but he may be forced to relocate to Devon in order for increased jog security.
The 40-year-old was appointed as Bury’s permanent manager last summer after holding the caretaker player-manager role since January 2018.
This would be an excellent appointment for Plymouth, and a huge loss for Bury.
It is testament to Lowe’s managerial qualities that he was able to guide the Shakers to a second-placed finish despite their off-field problems.
It appears a bold call to drop down a division, but Lowe cannot be blamed if he is not being equipped with the appropriate resources to succeed in League One with Bury.