BLACK­WELL: I WAS LIED TO BY BURY

Sky pun­dit Neville paying play­ers as cash runs out

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no right not to tell you what’s ac­tu­ally go­ing on.”

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Be­ing at fi­nan­cially trou­bled clubs is not new for Black­well, who was boss at both Leeds and Lu­ton. But the former goal­keeper says he wants a crack at a club with sound foun­da­tions.

“Just be­cause I’m good at fi­nances, peo­ple keep pulling me in. I seem to make ma­jor cuts and sav­ings and it frus­trates me,” added Black­well.

“Play­ers get sold when­ever I’m on the verge of build­ing some­thing. I just hope my next job will be right.

“I’ve made £500,000 of sav­ings from play­ers’ wages in the past six months, but there’s been no progress and it’s wor­ry­ing – not just for me but for peo­ple who have been work­ing here for 25 or 30 years.

“The sit­u­a­tion is prob­a­bly the most dire I have ever seen. What’s been hap­pen­ing on the pitch has not been the most im­por­tant thing really, try­ing to save the club has.

“We’ve been play­ing with the same 11 play­ers for the past few months. We’ve not filled the bench at times – we only had 13 play­ers on Tues­day against Scun­thorpe. I’ve tried to take as much pres­sure off the play­ers as pos­si­ble, but the likes of the PFA and Gary Neville have helped pay their wages – the club is right on the edge.”

Bury were not avail­able for com­ment last night.

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