BURY FC chairman Steve Dale has assured the club's fans that he is the man to save the club.

The Shakers survived a winding-up petition at London’s High Court today after a judge adjourned the order against the club until 15 May after being told terms had been agreed to pay an undisclosed “historic debt” owed to former assistant manager Chris Brass

Following the hearing, Mr Dale, who took over the Shakers back in December, issued a statement on the club’s website in which he tried to reassure supporters that he was the man to save the club. 

However, he added that “major changes” would be needed in order to do so.

He also said the reason staff were not paid their March wages on time was funds being frozen in a bank account.

The full statement read: “As promised, I secured the court outcome I requested, and this allows us the time to address the problems that have surfaced from the previous owners, which are substantial. 

“I am pleased to say our new bankers will have opened our new account this week, so the money frozen in our NatWest account will be released to the new account, allowing the residual wages to be paid. I thank all for standing by the Club whilst this was getting sorted.

“There will need to be major changes in the Club to sustain its existence. 

“It can no longer act like a premiership club, as the previous owners aspired to and it needs to be cutting its cloth accordingly to guarantee its future, as this is paramount to fans and the community. 

“Some actions will be bitter pills to take, and some people will disagree, but our course of action is imperative. 

“I’m here to save a Club not pander to certain individuals; the Club comes first.

“There are many issues within the Club that need addressing. Take it from me; what you see is not what you get; it serves certain people who do not have the interest of the club to heart, only their own personal agenda. They spin clouds and time will show who these people are.

“Social media, I don’t subscribe to it personally, but having been shown some of what has been posted over the last week or so is up there with my once seeing on the front page of the Sunday Sport “London Bus found at the North Pole.” 

“It would be comparable to some of the diatribe I’ve read; it would be more like ‘London Bus found at the North Pole with Elvis, Lord Lucan and John Lennon having a picnic’.

“Posting facts is fine, that’s what people want, not utter rubbish and unfounded speculation - it serves nobody, least of all the Club.

“People to thank helping Bury stay alive, Dave Jones and staff at Glaisyers, Rob Slawson at Thomas Cook, Marcus, Marc and staff at Taurus, Lindsay Gordon and members at the LMA, there are others you know who you are and a big thanks from Bury FC.

“I will keep you posted to events as they unfold, but Bury is here to stay. Let’s hope all involved in the Club feel the same way and get us through these troubled waters and to Division One.”

On the pitch, The Shakers will host Colchester United on Saturday and will be hoping to return to winning ways following three consecutive defeats.