There was heartbreak for Bury Football Club and its supporters as they were expelled from the Football League yesterday.
The club had been facing huge financial difficulties and were in a race against time to prevent being expelled by the EFL. It looked like there may have been hope as C&N Sporting Risk bid for the club however around an hour and a half before the deadline they withdrew their bid.
“We were just going to face challenges that were insurmountable to allow us to do what we wanted to do if we took over the club,” C&N’s Rory Campbell told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“We did absolutely everything we could to try and get everything in place to try and make sure the takeover went through,” added Campbell’s colleague Henry Newman.
“Ultimately though, it was six years of a combination of financial mismanagement, errors in governance and issues that ultimately meant that to unravel them, in what was a short period of time, were incredibly difficult.”
The end result is undoubtedly devastating for Bury, its employees, supporters and the whole community. There has been plenty of reaction in regards to the news but EFL claimed they were forced to make this decision.
The EFL Board had maintained that there could be no further suspensions to the fixture list and that these ongoing concerns and the integrity of the competition were a significant factor in the decision.
Debbie Jevans CBE, EFL Executive Chair, said: “Today is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in the League’s recent history. The EFL has worked determinedly and tirelessly to avoid this outcome and it is with a heavy heart that this situation has been forced upon us.”
This has been a dark time in the footballing world and surely something has to be done to prevent this from happening to another historic club.