Gary Neville has spoken of his shock at the demise of Bury, describing the team just as”rotten” on the interior following their expulsion from the Football League.
Neville has close links with the bar. He had been born at town, his father was famously linked to the club for many years and his mother works there as a secretary.
Now among those part owners of Salford City – who have risen through non-League to League Two in the past five decades – Neville has guided Bury’s fans to take secure and control the future of the club, and reckons that although the scenario may appear devastating today, there may nevertheless be light at the end of the tunnel.
“It’s a complete shocker, I’m speechless,” the Sky Sports pundit said on The Gary Neville Podcast. “There’s nothing you or anybody can perform.
“I obviously know a lot about it. My mother is still the secretary of this club, she’s immersed in there and is still moving in every single day to try and sort out what is happening, and now I’m in a situation whereby I am conflicted in the feeling that I understand everything that’s going on.
“My dad, who’s not with us , saved that club on many occasions over many decades. He was the chairman of this SOS Shakers finance that held the rights into other similar things and the ground.
“But I think the previous three or four years what’s essentially happened is that there has been no one there to track what has happened to the golf team. There’s been no one there to prevent bad management and the over-investment which has occurred.
“At the end it was simply not possible for anybody to get into the club not knowing what the obligations were not understanding what they have been signing around. It was an inevitability that I believed was coming for weeks and weeks that nobody could stop. Nobody is going to have such a liability, when an apple is that rotten and you don’t understand what is inside .
“I know the EFL have obtained criticism, the guy who bought the club to get a pound has received criticism and the prior owners have received criticism, but my predominant thinking is just one of just finish shock of how it’s happened.”
However, while his shock has been admitted by Neville at Bury demise, the Manchester United defender stays optimistic the club may rise again.
“I am a optimistic person by nature and I view that with the council assistance, in terms of retaining the earth, using a group of fans who are as hardened and resilient as they are, I do believe that Bury can be a stronger club and grow back through the leagues and be back in the EFL in five or six years.
“Bury may have some fantastic fun on the way. We have been in non-League for five years or its last four. I come to Premier League soccer but I have also observed the Evo-Stik North, the Evo-Stik Premier League, the National League North along with the National League at the last five seasons, just about any week or any week, and I have had the time of my entire life watching soccer.
“I really feel like I have gone back to my roots back, seeing lovers have a beverage on the face of the pitch and also share games with each other. Their fans won’t be sense that this ancient but that will come their way and they will truly feel that way again.
“They will need to go and set up a new club themselves and own their own team. There’s this notion that somebody else can come in and put this up, but my honest advice would be just to go for it and take action yourselves, get someone in who knows how to work through these leagues and essentially just go for it, because the fans are there.
“There are two, three or four thousand people who can passionately support that club also there are a lot of people inside it that will do the job to get them from the darkness, and it’s really been a dark week. It’s been a enormous battle in the past couple of months, but I think there’ll be light at the end of this.
“Myself, my brother and my sister have been close to it every single day because we are talking to my mom and she is still in there just expecting some miracle would happen, but it was not likely to come, that was the reality of it. Even the [owner ] kept going to the radio all the time to lift hopes but there wasn’t any hope, nobody would touch . It was rotten inside and there anyone could do about it.
“When we took over Salford five years ago we went to see AFC Wimbledon, FC United, Morecambe, AFC Fylde, Fleetwood and many others. Teams who’ve been at the North West Counties leagues, there are plenty of clubs like that who have completed this trip up through the leagues. Stockport and Wrexham are huge clubs that are back at this moment at the National League.
“Everyone will open up their doors and give the information since they did to us. Each and every club we went to see gave us each single piece of information which they could to encourage us and that will be the same with all the Bury fans who are attempting to set the club up.
“Finally they will develop into the Bury Football Club of the future and one which will become back into the Football League. And it’ll be a club everybody in the town will soon be proud of ”
Portsmouth are just another team that went in the last ten years through fiscal turmoil, but lived now also being relegated three days in four seasons to re-emerge as a club and going into administration. Sky Sports’ Adam Bate talked to Ashley Brown, who had been chairman of the Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust, about the way they managed to live.
“The fans went through 18 months or longer where they weren’t sure whether there was going to be a club for them to support in the future,” said Brown. “The club was very close to liquidation on numerous events. I think some people don’t realise how close. As someone involved with the procedure who spoke daily to the secretary, I understand that it had been only hours away from maybe disappearing forever.
“There were a few very low things and I recall one specific event where it wasn’t for a range of fans that spent in our purchase strategy, to stump up and underwrite some ongoing costs for the administrator, then it would have been liquidated. That was a particularly low point.
“We went into a high court battle with the prior owners to ensure that we can conserve Fratton Park. We jumped through hoops with the regulating body, the administrator and various authorities to get to a position where we could bid to save the club. So there were lots of points.
“However there were a substantial number of high things too, especially when we finally won and the lovers managed to save the club. With soccer fans is the fact that until it is really bad, what happens it’s hard to have them united behind an effect. But with Portsmouth, having been through administrations ahead, and this one retreated, individuals quickly got us behind.
“The community spirit has been enormous and many enthusiasts played a part in making sure that this excellent club survived. It was a couple of people it was folks. And not just financially. It’s terrifying when you enter the bones of what occurred at Portsmouth and what people were allowed to get away with. At the club, I suggest owners and executives by men and women.
“The first couple of years when the club was owned by the fans it had been quite difficult on the area. The club needed to rebuild which included each of the side that is playing. It is a great turnaround for your football club.
“It might have been only nine years ago we were in the Premier League and runners-up in the FA Cup final but the pain and the remedy of this club as it plummeted throughout the leagues in that nine years had been horrendous. When the supporters took over it, it was the bare bones of the football team. However, now I am quite optimistic about the near future .”

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