STAFF at Bury have issued a joint statement imploring Steve Dale to sell the club.

The EFL has given Dale until 9am tomorrow morning to provide the necessary financial information or the club’s home game against Gillingham will be suspended.

Bury stand to lose their league membership on August 23 after failing to meet the requirements of the league’s insolvency policy.

That has prompted a heartfelt plea from employees at Gigg Lane, who feel a legitimate buyer has come forward in the last few days who has the wherewithal to save the club.

“We can confirm that today we have received an offer for the sale of Bury Football Club, one that we all at the club believe is a very good offer,” the statement read.

“This offer has been conveyed to Steve Dale and we are still waiting to hear from him.

“This offer is the only lifeline for the future of the club and we implore Steve Dale to accept it, as it has the full backing of all of the senior staff at Bury FC.”

The EFL have already suspended league games against MK Dons and Accrington and a Carabao Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Shakers officials met with the league today and are believed to have presented them with information about a potential new buyer.

EFL Executive Chair, Debbie Jevans CBE, said: “We remain disappointed that we are still not in a position to reach a successful conclusion with Mr Dale but will continue to work diligently in an effort to receive the information we require.

“The real threat of Bury’s EFL membership being withdrawn still exists, a situation nobody - including this Board - wants to see and I sincerely hope we can find a way through these challenging circumstances for the benefit of all those who have an association with the Club.”