The chairman of crisis-hit Bury FC says he welcomes an investigation into the club's finances, as the League One outfit's fate hangs in the balance.
In an interview with Granada sports correspondent Chris Hall, Steve Dale urged fans and businesses to pledge £2.7m to satisfy financial requirements set by the English Football League(EFL) about the sustainability of the club.
Bury have until midnight on Friday August 23 to prove its viability or it faces being kicked out of the football league.
Mr Dale has refused to apologise to fans. He says the club's plight is down to the EFL - not himself.
In a statement released on Friday afternoon, the EFL said limited progess had been made on either side.