The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has intervened in the financial crisis affecting Bury FC.
In his letter to Debbie Jevans, Executive Chair of the EFL, the Mayor writes:
I fully accept that the EFL cannot bail out the club, nor can financial mismanagement within clubs become normalised. Nonetheless, I feel that the complex circumstances surrounding Bury’s current difficulties are exceptional and merit an alternative approach. Given the urgency of Bury’s plight, I would be grateful if you would consider intervening on this occasion and granting the club a one-off extension based on an explicit agreement that new ownership be actively sought and demonstrated, as James Frith MP has recommended.
The Mayor, a former Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said:
All football supporters in Greater Manchester have been looking on in horror as two of our great names have sunk deeper and deeper into crisis. The situation now at Bury is acute and that is why I am making a direct appeal to the EFL to step in and save a footballing institution with 134 years of proud history.
Bury have had their first six games postponed by the English Football League, been removed from the EFL Cup and face the very real prospect of being ejected from the league on Friday, which would mean League One proceeding this season with only 23 teams.