Bury seemed all but relegated this season until Ryan Lowe took over as manager and gave them a fighting chance of survival after an impressive three-game run.
Bury sit 24th in League One and nine points away from safety, although survival looks bleak for the Shakers, the appointment of Ryan Lowe as manager until the end of the season has sparked a reaction for the players. Lowe’s first three games in charge have been Oxford (A), Blackpool (H) and AFC Wimbledon (H), they picked up seven points from a possible nine available in his first three games which has given the Bury faithful a reason to be optimistic.
Lowe has inherited a talented squad left by Lee Clark and Chris Lucketti with the likes of Danny Mayor, Stephen Dawson and Nathan Cameron. Bury have been busy this January transfer window adding some real quality, experience and talent to the squad to help them in this relegation battle.
They have managed to capture the signing of Middlesborough goalkeeper Connor Ripley on loan, who made 18 clean sheets for Oldham last season. Also, they bolstered their defence with the loan signing of former club captain Peter Clarke from Oldham until the end of the season, a real leader on the pitch Clarke could be critical for Bury this season.
They also added to their frontline bringing experienced striker James Hanson to the club. Hanson managed to score 91 goals in 286 starts for Bradford City. Standing at 6ft 4ins, Hanson has been the scourge of defenders at every level for a number of years. Lowe brought fan favourite George Miller back to Gigg Lane and he has proven to be the signing of the season as he’s notched three goals in three games since his return.
After Lowe was appointed gaffer he spoke about Lucketti, a club legend, who was sacked after eight humiliating games that yielded just one point and no goals.
“The fact is they’ve gone through two managers in the space of seven months,” says Lowe, who actually won two of his six games in caretaker charge before Lucketti’s arrival on November 21.
“Was it really their fault? Or do the players have to look at themselves? Ultimately, you can’t keep blaming everybody else.
“We’ve heard every excuse going this season. Now there ain’t no more. Whether it’s Lee, Chris, the old training regime – they’re all gone. Nobody can use those again. That’s been my message to the boys.
Bury currently have 24 points this season which means they will need around 26 more points to hit the 50 points mark which will give them a chance of survival. The Shakers biggest games of the season are when they host fellow struggling local rivals Rochdale and Oldham Athletic, two massive six-pointer matches.
Bury still have the likes of Bradford, Blackburn and Wigan left to play so Lowe has a tough job on his hands but if the Shakers carry on this run they will still have a fighting chance.