Barker's deal or no deal message

RICHIE Barker has challenged the Shakers players who are out of contract in the summer to prove they have a future at Gigg Lane by helping the club stay in League One.

With captain Steven Schumacher out with a hamstring injury and suspended midfield partner Peter Sweeney absent for the last three games, it has been down to the Bury understudies to grind out a couple of morale-boosting draws which slowed the freefall toward the relegation zone.

Notable performers in Barker’s side have been holding midfielder and former Arsenal trainee Patrick Cregg, and right-back Andrai Jones, while Mark Carrington has also added steel and guile to the Bury midfield in place of the more celebrated absentees.

With Sweeney available again following his three-match ban for violent conduct in the 4-1 reverse at Carlisle United on March 10, manager Barker has a welcome selection headache as he prepares to host Ronnie Moore’s form team, Tranmere Rovers, on Saturday, still seven points short of the safety target of 50.

“I’ve tried to reiterate to the players that if they come in and give their best and do well, they will keep their place,” he said.

“There are one or two of them with a few things to play for. Patrick, Andrai and Mark are all out of contract in the summer, so they’ve now got a seven-match mini season in which they can earn something out of the game.”

Club captain Schumacher came on as a late substitute in Saturday’s impressive 1-1 draw at Preston following his return from injury and looks a likely starter on Saturday, but striker Lenell John-Lewis is believed to be at least another week away after sustaining a thigh injury in the 3-3 draw with Huddersfield on March 3.

Otherwise, the Bury squad has a clean bill of health.

Meanwhile, the Shakers have signed goalkeeper Jonathan Bond on loan from Championship side Watford until the end of the season.

Current keeper Trevor Carson is due to return to Sunderland following Saturday’s game while Cameron Belford – on loan at Southend – has opted to stay there for their League Two promotion push.

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5:47pm Thu 29 Mar 12

Eileenshakers says...

Yes you stay at Southend United Cameron where you are wanted.We never want to see you back at Gigg lane again.Unless you are playing for another club that is.It wouldn't pain me too much to see you go on a free transfer either just to get shut of you.I'm not too fussed about who stays and who goes at the end of the season.For too long none of the squad have really showed they have the mental toughness and imagination to fight for our cause.So if it was up to me i would have a major clear out like Knilly had at the beginning of our promotion season.You don't have to have world beaters in your side to get promoted from league 1 just good,hungry professionals.
Yes you stay at Southend United Cameron where you are wanted.We never want to see you back at Gigg lane again.Unless you are playing for another club that is.It wouldn't pain me too much to see you go on a free transfer either just to get shut of you.I'm not too fussed about who stays and who goes at the end of the season.For too long none of the squad have really showed they have the mental toughness and imagination to fight for our cause.So if it was up to me i would have a major clear out like Knilly had at the beginning of our promotion season.You don't have to have world beaters in your side to get promoted from league 1 just good,hungry professionals. Eileenshakers
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8:32pm Thu 29 Mar 12

easylife44 says...

The one who is making this statement may not be the one who makes that decision!
The one who is making this statement may not be the one who makes that decision! easylife44
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7:59am Fri 30 Mar 12

shakencity says...

Eileen,
totally agree with you, if we do stay up a complete overhaul of our playing staff for next season is needed. This current side just isn't good enough.

It won't happen but i'd get rid of Picken, Skarz, Hughes and Belford just for starters. We are absolutely garbage at the back and have been found out this season big time by much better players. Skarz and Picken aren't quick enough, get constantly caught out of position and can't cross a ball for toffee. Hughes had a nightmare game against Everton pre-season (ok, i accept they're PL players) and hasn't improved as we all thought he should have. Belford was imo rightly given his chance after Brown left but his continual calamatous displays and basic errors show us all he's just not good enough for League 1.
Eileen, totally agree with you, if we do stay up a complete overhaul of our playing staff for next season is needed. This current side just isn't good enough. It won't happen but i'd get rid of Picken, Skarz, Hughes and Belford just for starters. We are absolutely garbage at the back and have been found out this season big time by much better players. Skarz and Picken aren't quick enough, get constantly caught out of position and can't cross a ball for toffee. Hughes had a nightmare game against Everton pre-season (ok, i accept they're PL players) and hasn't improved as we all thought he should have. Belford was imo rightly given his chance after Brown left but his continual calamatous displays and basic errors show us all he's just not good enough for League 1. shakencity
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12:23pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Eileenshakers says...

Yes i agree SHAKENCITY,you are quite right.But why hasn't our manager also seen these flaws in these players.Why the heck give a brand new 2 year contract to really poor defenders?.Ah yes the penny has dropped "Our Richie wants his players tied down to long termish deals so that he knows who he has in his ranks for next season in league 2.I accept that our defence is really poor at this level however one or two of them are okish in league 2.Perhaps Sheridan did have a point with regard to Picken finding his level in league 2.One aught to remember though that he Picken used to play for Chesterfield so John Sheridan would say that wouldn't he?.How cameron Belford didn't cost us promotion last season with his clangers still baffles me.We only won games because we scored more than the opposition.I know that is easy to say.But 4-3 at Torquay,4-3 against Gillingham.The fact that you want to sign up fairly average players on long terms only proves what the club's long term aspirations or lack of them are.You simply can't just ask your fans to accept mediocrity and staying in league 2 for the next decade.We need to have some level of ambition.Staying in this league and building is our only hope for short term and moderate success.U.T.S. !!!!!!
Yes i agree SHAKENCITY,you are quite right.But why hasn't our manager also seen these flaws in these players.Why the heck give a brand new 2 year contract to really poor defenders?.Ah yes the penny has dropped "Our Richie wants his players tied down to long termish deals so that he knows who he has in his ranks for next season in league 2.I accept that our defence is really poor at this level however one or two of them are okish in league 2.Perhaps Sheridan did have a point with regard to Picken finding his level in league 2.One aught to remember though that he Picken used to play for Chesterfield so John Sheridan would say that wouldn't he?.How cameron Belford didn't cost us promotion last season with his clangers still baffles me.We only won games because we scored more than the opposition.I know that is easy to say.But 4-3 at Torquay,4-3 against Gillingham.The fact that you want to sign up fairly average players on long terms only proves what the club's long term aspirations or lack of them are.You simply can't just ask your fans to accept mediocrity and staying in league 2 for the next decade.We need to have some level of ambition.Staying in this league and building is our only hope for short term and moderate success.U.T.S. !!!!!! Eileenshakers
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