Bury-born Phil Neville has told of the family turmoil that has come with the Shakers crisis at Gigg Lane.

The England women’s team manager’s mum Jill resigned as club secretary last Friday having been unable to continue working under owner Steve Dale.

The former Manchester United defender’s late father Neville also has a stand named after him at Gigg Lane.

Bury, more precisely Dale, have until midnight tonight, to give the EFL the financial reassurances they need to ensure they are not thrown out of the Football League – a move that would lead to likely liquidation.

"My mum has worked there for 30 years, my dad's got a stand named after him and to consider that today they might not have a football club is so upsetting,” Neville told BBC Radio 5 Live

"My mum's devastated. She resigned on Friday because she couldn't work with the current ownership.

"Today common sense has to prevail. One man cannot stop one football club that has hundreds of years of history going out of existence.

"I pray that common sense today prevails and that somebody is allowed to buy that club and the town has something to be proud of again."

Other football figures have also been offering their support including Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has been speaking about the Shakers and their beleaguered neighbours Bolton.

The Norwegian said: "The Bolton situation, the Bury situation - it's hard to keep up with the top if you don't have the resources.

"Of course, as a local club we want to see our local players do well.

“We've recruited players from those clubs and of course we want them to do well. If there's anything we can help them with I'm sure we can do that with loan players or anything."

Former Bury boss Neil Warnock has questioned the EFL for allowing clubs to be bought for a pound, as Dale did when picking the debt-ridden club up from former owner Stewart Day last December.

"I've never been a fan of anyone buying a club for a pound. There's so many things in the cupboard that you don't find out,” said Cardiff boss Warnock, who managed the Shakers in the 1998-99 season.

"The EFL should have some sort of rigorous check when a club is sold for a pound.

"Do they know all the debts? It's not rocket science, really.

"No one wants to see a club die. He (Dale) has had offers for the club, but if he wants nearly a million pounds for his money (one pound) then I don't think that's helping the matter.

"I just hope if they go under they're not allowed to sell the land and build houses. I don't think anybody should make a profit out of it.

"That why I'm disappointed the EFL don't look more into that, these people who want to buy clubs."