RYAN Lowe has warned the Bury players they are playing for their future during the League One run-in.

The Shakers look resigned to going down after losing both games over Easter weekend, putting in what Lowe called a “shocking” performance in Tuesday night’s derby against relegation rivals Rochdale.

That saw Bury remain rock-bottom, 12 points from safety with just six games left, so if they lose at Walsall on Saturday and both AFC Wimbledon and Oldham win, only a highly unlikely swing in goal difference would save the Shakers.

But Lowe is determined to remain manager until the end of the season and begin the inevitable rebuilding job which will have to take place this summer.

“I want to bring the good times back to this club,” said the Bury boss, who took over from Chris Lucketti in January.

“It’s been difficult, but ultimately the players have to take responsibility for their performances and I’ll take responsibility for what I do.

“I am hurt and I am gutted. We’ve had three managers this season and there won’t be a fourth. There’s going to be a flush-out before there is another manager.

“That’s down to me, to do what I need to do for this club, and I’ll guarantee 100 per cent that I will.”

Lowe has also questioned his players’ commitment and challenged them to show some pride during the final weeks of the season, otherwise he has vowed to overhaul the squad.

“If we’re going to go down, I want to go down fighting. Not with a whimper like that,” he added after Tuesday’s defeat.

“But I’m running out of things to say to them. I’ve tried to take some pressure off, some responsibility away, but does it matter? Do they care as much? I don’t know.

“That’s up to me to find out over the next five weeks. It’s going to be a big five weeks for where I want to take this club and what I want to do.

“If none of them are going to follow suit then they’ll be getting left behind.”