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32 July 2019 Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent SPORT SUITES MADE TO YOUR OWN REQUIREMENTS MYRTLE GROVE, BACUP ROAD, RAWTENSTALL 01706 831630 RE-COVER & REPAIR SERVICES AVAILABLE • • OPEN 7 DAYS NO MIDDLEMAN • BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER LARGE RANGE OF BEDS AT FACTORY PRICES Shakers turn to Wilko MP calls for probe EX-EVERTON striker Paul Wilkinson has been named manager of League One side Bury less than two weeks after signing a two-year deal as Tru- ro City boss. The 54-year-old was appointed care- taker boss of Truro in March but was unable to save them from relegation from National League South. Wilkinson started coaching in 2000 and has worked at Leeds United, Grims- by Town, Cardiff City andNorthampton. “Bury is a club with a great history,” Wilkinson said. “I can’t wait to get started. I’m deter- mined to drive the club forward in the right direction.” Cash-strapped Bury won promotion from League Two last season despite an increasingly troubled time off the pitch that saw the club face a winding-up pe- tition and left staff and players having payment of their wages delayed. Ryan Lowe left as manager in June and the Shakers face a 12-point deduc- tion for their return to the third tier of English football after owner Steve Dale put forward a proposal to help clear some of the club›s debts. Unsecured creditors, including HM Revenue & Customs, will be paid 25% of what they are owed. If approved, the company voluntary arrangement would qualify as an in- solvency event under English Football rules, which would see Bury deducted points. Wilkinson played more than 650 games as a forward in a career that saw him feature for Everton, Nottingham Forest, Watford, Middlesbrough and Barnsley, as well as winning four En- gland Under-21 caps. His first job in coaching came work- ing with the youth team at Leeds and he has since had two spells in caretaker charge in the English Football League, with Northampton and Grimsby. General manager Scott Johnson add- ed: “It’s such a strong foot forward. “Paul is a manager with a wealth of experience and is exactly what we need and is required for League One football.” ANMP has called for the finances of troubled Bury FC to be investigated. Bury SouthMP Ivan Lewis wants an investigation of debts incurred under former owner Stewart Day, which he said raised “fundamental issues about fit and proper people” to own clubs. Player and staff wages have gone unpaid and new owner Steve Dale is seeking a buyer amid a winding-up pe- tition from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). In a Facebook post, Mr Lew- is said he had met with Mr Dale ahead of Bury’s next court date on 19 June. Mr Lewis said he had urged Mr Dale to settle a salary backlog and there was “genuine and serious anxiety and concern about the future of the club so this raises all sort of fundamental issues about fit and proper people to own football clubs”. He added: “But my priority at the moment is to ensure the club isn’t wound up, it survives.” Mr Dale said in April the club’s fi- nancial state was “significantly worse” than he believed before the takeover. Bury North MP James Frith said in a tweet he had asked the English Foot- ball League (EFL) a series of ques- tions about its scrutiny of Mr Dale’s purchase of Bury and its support for the club. Dave Giffard, who chairs the Forev- er Bury Supporters’ Trust, said the sit- uation was “very urgent” and he feared the EFL would exclude Bury from next season’s fixture list for League One unless a new owner was found. Bury Council leader Rishi Shori has made an offer to provide the author- ity’s resources to help the club carry out legal, accounting and due dili- gence work. “It’s crucial that the future of Bury is secured,” he said. Football Ventures named as preferred buyer for Wanderers FOOTBALL Ventures (Whites) Limited, a company headed by Sharon Brittan and Parminder Basran, have been confirmed as the preferred bidder for the sale of ailing League One club Bolton Wanderers. The company was registered in January with the purpose of buy- ing the club. Administrators Paul Appleton of David Rubin & Partners said they will now move towards completing the takeover. “Football Ventures made the highest offer by a substantial mar- gin,” the administrators said. “They were also able to show the viability of a minimum two-year business plan for the club which was of the utmost importance.” Wanderers went into adminis- tration at the end of a tumultuous season which saw problems on and off the field, and culminated in rel- egation from the Championship. Brittan, who has a background American pro has big plans for golfers AMERICAN golf professional Kevin Lawrence has started work at Bolton Golf Club, Los- tockPark, onChorleyNewRoad. Kevin has been a PGA member in the USA for over 16 years. He was the head golf professional at Fairway Mews Golf Club in New Jersey, Director of Instruction at Mill Pond Golf Club in New York, as well as the First Tee Program Coordinator of the Nassau County Chapter now Metropolitan New York G C. During his career he played on tour events in Florida and played in the Metropolitan Open, New York State Open, and New Jersey State Open every year. Kevin is 40 years old and has moved with his family, wife Ker- ry, who is a teacher, and children Mark (5) and Cassie (2) into the north west to be closer to Ker- ry’s family. Kevin said: “My aim at Bolton G C is to use my experiences to bring premium instructional opportuni- ties to the Bolton Golf Club mem- bership as well as anyone interest- American golf pro Kevin Lawrence will introduce young people to the game of golf and the life lessons that can be taught during that in- struction. We aim to educate our students about all aspects of the game as we find fun and creative ways to reinforce that knowledge with practice and hard work. We teach character education through specific life skills to help kids dis- cover how the skills essential to success on the course can help them flourish in life. Some of these skills include self-management, interpersonal communication, goal setting, mentoring, and effective conflict resolution. “With our ladies programme we provide excellent instruction in all aspects of the game with the goal of developing the skills necessary to playing better golf on the course. This is a great way to meet other ladies with similar interests and develop connections and friend- ships both on and off the course. “With the Bolton Golf Course at our disposal and the support of the membership we have an enormous amount of resources to tap into.” ed in the surrounding area. We have a myriad of opportuni- ties both for juniors as well as for ladies. From beginner to advanced we have instructional programs that we can tailor to fit their needs. “In our junior programmes we in property and asset manage- ment, and Football Ventures were linked to the purchase of the club in June when administrators an- nounced that they had identified a preferred new owner from five final offers. The Trotters will start next sea- son in the third tier of English foot- ball with a 12-point deduction. Paul Wilkinson is the new Bury managerTop of Form