NorthLondonStag wrote:It says on the bbc that they are going to consult with the other clubs about whether Bury can come back into League Two next season. If that did happen presumably we would be back to two relegation spots from League Teo
The EFL have only agreed to consult its members and have pointed out that it would need clear evidence of Bury's financial viability:
"...the only established procedure for entry to the EFL is through promotion from the National League as part of the wider football pyramid. There is no precedent for a Club to enter the EFL directly through an application for admission or readmission following withdrawal of membership. In the current circumstances, the process by which a former EFL Club would obtain re-entry to the league system in England is via an application to the Football Association. On consideration of that application, the FA would determine the appropriate League for entry, subject to them meeting the relevant entry requirements of that League.
Notwithstanding the above, and in acknowledgement of the extreme nature of the problems at Bury FC, the EFL Board had agreed it is appropriate to discuss the matter with member Clubs. This is a complex situation that raises questions of due process, precedent and fairness as well as financial implications. The EFL will consult with its Clubs over the coming weeks.
Prior to formal consideration by any league competition of an eventual application from Bury FC to return to league football, clear evidence would be required of the Club’ financial viability and its ability to fulfil its ongoing commitments."
The major problem for Bury is that Steve Dale still owns Bury with all its debts and liabilities including a £3.6 million mortgage on Gigg Lane so there is no football club to reinstate at the moment. The plan to reinstate Bury means that they have to acquire control of the football club and then show that they can meet all the relevant EFL financial requirements which resulted in their membership of the EFL being withdrawn. Furthermore if Steve Dale thinks there is any chance of Bury getting back in the EFL then he will put his asking price up by £1-£2 million.
Bury fans seem to have great difficulty accepting that allowing them back in League 2 would be extremely unfair to the League 2 team who would be relegated to make way for them who have paid their players and staff in full last season and this season. I'm sure if they were being relegated to the National League to make way for Oldham or Rochdale being reinstated in the EFL then their views might change on this matter. Let's hope its not the Stags!
I cannot see that there would be a majority of EFL clubs agreeing to Bury being reinstated. It might win some support with the larger teams in The Championship and League 1 as they may think it would create a precedent if the same happened to them but I imagine virtually all the League 2 clubs would vote against it. The truth is though that Bury cheated their way to promotion by playing players they could not afford to pay and so should not have been promoted to League 1 in the first place. They ought to have been relegated to the National League.
I'm surprised that Yeovil Town did not complain more to the EFL about being relegated to the National League when Bury and Macclesfield had not paid their players or staff.