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Carlisle manager Steven Pressley says Bolton and Bury should be banished from Football League

Carlisle United manager Steven Pressley says Bolton Wanderers and Bury should be banished from the English Football League.

It comes two days after Bury’s opening League One game, at home to Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, has been suspended – but Bolton Wanderers’ match at Wycombe can go ahead.

Both clubs had to show they can meet ‘all outstanding commitments’ by a 5pm deadline on Monday. For Bury, the EFL Board claimed they were “not satisfied it has received the necessary evidence in regard to the outstanding information it requires that demonstrates how the Club will be funded moving forwards. Bolton’s submissions
satisfied the EFL that they can meet the requirements of the league, with a takeover expected.

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In an interview with CFM Radio, Pressley said: “I think the current football world is not a fair world. Clubs like us (Carlisle) should get more credit than we get.

“The problem in football is clubs like Bury, clubs like Bolton, who have overspent and not worked within their means and in a way could be described as cheating to gain success, aren’t penalised heavily enough.

“These clubs should be banished from the Football League and clubs that are run properly should benefit.

“What actually happens is supporters get frustrated that we can’t compete with these clubs, but actually we maybe can it’s just that they’re not spending within their means.

“It brings a pressure to clubs that are run properly, like ourselves, clubs like ourselves should be credited for working properly and this is one of the problems in the football game just now.

“It’s about getting the best out of the resources we have but still having the ability to pay the players’ and the staff’s wages every month and that’s a responsibility that the club takes very seriously.”

Listen to all of what he had to say below…


After hearing Carlisle manager Steven Pressley says Bolton and Bury should be banished from Football League – fans took to give their reaction, the majority unhappy with what he said – find out what they wrote on the next page.


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