Blackwell’s future in doubt after Bury drop
BURY ..................0 OLDHAM ............1
BURY boss Kevin Blackwell admitted his position was up for review after the Shakers bowed to the inevitable and slipped out of League One following defeat to Oldham.
The Shakers are returning to the fourth tier after Latics substitute Matt Smith scored the decisive goal in the 79th minute to end their two-year stay in League One.
It was a disastrous – if predictable – end to a terrible week for Bury who announced in the week they urgently need £1mil- lion to stay afloat. And after accepting the drop always looked likely Blackwell admitted it was time to look at what went wrong – even if that entails him losing his job.
“Relegation feels as bad as I thought it would feel, and worse,” he said.
“But you cannot con a conman – we knew it had been coming. And it has come in the week where everything bad about the club has been exposed. I have had to apologise to the players, because I don’t think we have helped them one iota. They have given me everything, but we lacked the quality and the numbers.
“What we have to do now is save Bury Football Club and hopefully it will have a future from here.Whoever that is, time will tell. The club got relegated and you have to look at the manager too.When you get relegation as a manager, your future is under scrutiny.”
The game began with hundreds of Oldham fans locked out after the club had advertised they could pay on the gate only for the ground to become too full.
Andy Bishop nodded the ball just beyond the right-hand post, before Robbie Simpson looped his header over the crossbar with half-time approaching.
Oldham grabbed the crucial winner after Kirk Millar served the ball on a silver platter for Smith to crash his header into the net. Latics manager Lee Johnson and his staff jumped for joy with the goal and he said the three points are vital to their survival.
“What a massive, massive game,” he said.“We tried not to overhype it before the game to take pressure off the lads, because sometimes it is difficult to produce.
“The first-half was not the best, but in the second-half we had them on the rack. The substitutes made a difference and it was a very good away win.We did have to win the battle. It was always going to be an emotional day for supporters and an intense game.
“We had to play the right characters and in the second-half we limited Bury to very few shots. “Kirk Millar is a little rat in the nicest possible explanation of the word. It was a good ball by him.”