BURY are on the verge of appointing ex-Everton striker Paul Wilkinson as their new manager on a one-year deal.

The 54-year-old is currently in charge at National League South Truro City but it is understood an offer has been made to bring him to Gigg Lane next season as Ryan Lowe’s successor.

Wilkinson has experience as a caretaker manager at Northampton Town and Grimsby Town and was also assistant reserve team boss at Cardiff City for nine years, between 2003 and 2012.

Bury had initially spoken to ex-Oldham manager Frankie Bunn but failed to agree a deal.

Just half a dozen senior players reported back for pre-season training at Carrington, with rumours circulating that landlords Manchester City are about to issue notice on them to vacate by October.

The Shakers have used the facility since 2014 when City moved out to their purpose-built training ground close to the Etihad.

Reports claim City have voiced concern over the state of the pitches and buildings have been allowed to fall into on Bury’s watch.

There has been no official comment from either club but it is understood a meeting is due to take place later this week to discuss the matter.