James at Bury FC
James at Bury FC

I have been in regular contact with the owner, with fans, with the English Football League, with Bury Council and with many others since the crisis at Bury FC began.

I recently pulled together a Rescue Board of all interested parties to discuss the best way forward to rescue the club and put it on a solid footing going forward into the future.

I have made clear to Steve Dale that the club needs new ownership and urged him to proceed with a sale to a suitable party, who we will have the chance to scrutinise beforehand. I have been in direct conversation with a number of prospective buyers.

I wrote to the judge who was due to consider Bury FC’s case in June seeking a further adjournment and this was secured until the end of July. I continue to urge the owner to agree a deal to sell the club before the case goes back to court.

I am also appealing directly here to anyone who is interested in buying Bury FC. Now is the time to reach out and make contact – publicly or in private. Furthermore, I say to potential buyers and investors, proceed now if your interest is genuine and be assured of the town’s support and mine if your motives are authentic and your commitment is long-term. Move on this now and in doing so, help us prevent the last resort of Administration, which, whilst remaining an option, remains the purview of the largest of the Club’s Creditors and to be avoided if at all possible on the advice I have taken.

The future can be bright for our League One club and I am determined to play a full role in brokering next steps for the club and vetting potential new owners for suitability to ensure that we get the right buyer who will give our club the resource and time and focus it deserves.

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