Praise for fans' reception

First published in Bury FC Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

BURY manager Richie Barker has hailed the Shakers fans for the reception they gave former Gigg Lane favourites Ryan Lowe and Mike Jones at Hillsborough.

Unfortunately for Barker, both men played a key role in Bury’s 4-1 defeat to the Owls on Tuesday night, but he said they richly deserved the recognition they received from the fans who made the journey to south Yorkshire.

It was something of a masterstroke from new Wednesday boss Dave Jones, as both players had only been on the fringe of the first team squad under his predecessor, Gary Megson. Lowe has made only 10 first-team starts for the Owls, while Jones has started only twice since his move to Hillsborough at the end of January.

“It’s a fantastic place to play,” said boyhood Wednesday fan Barker. “I am sure Ryan and Mike will go from strength to strength now. You can’t knock Ryan and Mike for making the decision to move. They got a great reception and that’s quite right because they played a part in getting us where we are.”

Barker was disappointed with the crowd of 17,000, though.

“When I was coming here, there would be more than 40,000 fans and you had to be here by 2pm on a Saturday or you wouldn’t get a seat.”

He also had strong criticism for his players, who he said lacked desire.

“It didn’t mean enough to them,” said Barker. “I never thought I’d say that because I back my players every week, but one or two of them seem to be thinking they can just turn up and defend in the way they used to and get away with it.”

And he promised to wield the axe ahead of Saturday’s trip to Carlisle United.

“There will be a few disappointed people when I announce the team for Carlisle.”

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12:13pm Thu 8 Mar 12

Eileenshakers says...

You must be so embarrassed by your team Ritchie.Yes it's your team they follow your instructions and perform like a bunch of no hopers or a south yorkshire pub team.I don't think you can make too many changes because A.You don't have the budget to bring in replacements on loan and B.Because these players are just doing what is needed and nothing more in each game.In other words it's the same old same old scenario.They know you can't drop too many of them.I think you need to start by offering an apology to all of the supporters who are paying to watch this dross week in week out.Don't expect to be our manager for much longer unless you are man enough to sort it out.Another defeat on saturday and i expect the board to act with only 10 games remaining after this.We need someone like Paul Hart who can salvage our season or just a short term appointment.We could have done with Ronnie Moore i think he would have kept us up but you never know miracles might never cease we may stay up.
You must be so embarrassed by your team Ritchie.Yes it's your team they follow your instructions and perform like a bunch of no hopers or a south yorkshire pub team.I don't think you can make too many changes because A.You don't have the budget to bring in replacements on loan and B.Because these players are just doing what is needed and nothing more in each game.In other words it's the same old same old scenario.They know you can't drop too many of them.I think you need to start by offering an apology to all of the supporters who are paying to watch this dross week in week out.Don't expect to be our manager for much longer unless you are man enough to sort it out.Another defeat on saturday and i expect the board to act with only 10 games remaining after this.We need someone like Paul Hart who can salvage our season or just a short term appointment.We could have done with Ronnie Moore i think he would have kept us up but you never know miracles might never cease we may stay up. Eileenshakers
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3:36pm Thu 8 Mar 12

nomoresurfin says...

Agreed that the board need to act soon and Barker,he's tactically inept,his forays into the transfer market - Hughes,Harrad et al - have been unmitigated disasters and even with a small squad he rarely manages to pick the right eleven.How on earth was Sodje,not the force he was but still our best defender by a country mile,left out at Hillsborough?Sadly Barker's backroom appointments have been no more inspiring than the man himself so it's difficult to know who could be brought in so close to the end of the season,but i fear that if there is no change the Shakers will be relegated.
Agreed that the board need to act soon and Barker,he's tactically inept,his forays into the transfer market - Hughes,Harrad et al - have been unmitigated disasters and even with a small squad he rarely manages to pick the right eleven.How on earth was Sodje,not the force he was but still our best defender by a country mile,left out at Hillsborough?Sadly Barker's backroom appointments have been no more inspiring than the man himself so it's difficult to know who could be brought in so close to the end of the season,but i fear that if there is no change the Shakers will be relegated. nomoresurfin
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12:47pm Fri 9 Mar 12

Eileenshakers says...

It's his first full season in charge but it's plainly obvious that the players don't respect our manager and never carry out his instructions.Why didn't he protect Schumacher with our busy programme coming up?.He's such an important player for us and now he's out for up to 6 weeks.I appreciate that you always get injuries with demanding games at this point of the season but for me it was quite obvious that we weren't going to get much out of these next 3 games.We needed to have our best x1 against the likes of Scunthorpe,Wycombe and Bournemouth winable games in my view.
It's his first full season in charge but it's plainly obvious that the players don't respect our manager and never carry out his instructions.Why didn't he protect Schumacher with our busy programme coming up?.He's such an important player for us and now he's out for up to 6 weeks.I appreciate that you always get injuries with demanding games at this point of the season but for me it was quite obvious that we weren't going to get much out of these next 3 games.We needed to have our best x1 against the likes of Scunthorpe,Wycombe and Bournemouth winable games in my view. Eileenshakers
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