Steve Dale in talks with buyer for Bury

He's told Tower FM they are in discussions, but need more time

Bury owner Steve Dale has told Tower FM he is in talks with a buyer.

He says the potential investor has requested information from the league and hopes this means he will be given a new deadline from the EFL to secure a deal.

He's hopeful that an agreement could be reached if he is given that extension.

The EFL have given him until midnight tomorrow to stop the Shakers being thrown out of the football league after 134 years.

Meanwhile the Mayor of Greater Manchester has written to the EFL's executive chair to see if she can help save Bury by granting an extension.

Andy Burnham said:

“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.

“I know I speak for each and every football fan here in Greater Manchester when I say we all stand in complete solidarity with Shakers supporters. Our city-region has done so much to build our great game over the decades and we are now all looking to those who run our game to intervene and secure the future of Bury football club.”

In his letter to Debbie Jevans, Executive Chair of the EFL, Andy 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 also raised concerns with the EFL regarding the current plight of Bolton Wanderers.

He told the EFL:

“Financial instability has dogged the Wanderers since their relegation from the Premier League. Mismanagement has brought the club to its knees over the course of the last season: players have gone months without their wages being paid; emergency foodbanks have been established to feed unpaid Bolton Wanderers staff; youth teams have been mobilised to honour fixtures and the club’s manager has now left as well.

“Regardless of the issues frustrating the sale of the club, the impact upon players, fans and staff at Bolton Wanderers has been catastrophic. For the sake of fans and the town, means must be sought to safeguard the club and its staff, ensure its survival.”

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