Police are reportedly investigating whether fraud played a role in the sad demise of Bury FC. Greater Manchester Police said that they had received an allegation of fraud on 18th June and that the investigation is currently “at an early stage”:
“We are investigating reports of fraud at Bury FC. Enquiries are at an early stage. No arrests have been made.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United and England defender, Gary Neville, has urged Shakers fans to take over the club following its expulsion from the English Football League last week. He described the situation as “heartbreaking” but also intimated that there were clearly issues in how the club was being run:
“I obviously know a lot about it. My mum is the secretary of the club, she is immersed there every single day and is still going there every single day to try to sort out what’s happening.
“I’m in a position where I know everything that’s going on. My dad over many many years, he’s not with us anymore, saved that club on numerous occasions.
“But I think in the last three or four years, there has been no one there to monitor what’s happened at the club. There has been no one there who has been able to stop the bad management, the overspending that’s happened.
“In the end, it was just impossible for anyone to touch the club not knowing what the liabilities were, not knowing what they were signing up to.
“It was an inevitability that I felt was coming for months and months that no one could stop. Ultimately, when an apple is that rotten and you don’t know what’s inside it, no one is going to take on that liability.”
He continued to say that the only solution was for the fans to “do it for themselves”:
“They need to set up their own club and own their own club. There’s this idea someone else will set it up but my honest advice would be to go for it and do it yourselves.
“Just get someone in who knows what they are doing, knows the leagues and basically go for it. The fans are there, they will passionately support the football club.”