Sheffield United have been warned that Bury now bear no resemblance to the team they beat comfortably at Gigg Lane last season, writes James Shield.
Tom Soares, the League Two club’s midfielder, issued the message ahead of tomorrow’s friendly between the two sides in Greater Manchester.
Bury were teetering on the edge of a financial precipice when they succumbed to goals from Jonathan Forte and Jamie Murphy five months ago.
But with a new regime installed in the boardroom and manager Kevin Blackwell reshuffling staff behind the scenes, Soares said: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This is a new life for Bury Football Club.
“A lot of the old players have gone and a new fresh bunch has come in. We are building this club from scratch and it’s a great way to build.”
Blackwell, a former United manager, has signed nearly 10 players since Stuart Daly’s takeover rescued relegated Bury from oblivion including former Barnsley centre-forward John Rooney.
“We looked really frightened at times last season but now we have to build on it and hopefully it will all come together,” Soares said. “The manager said many times last season that the game is won and lost in both boxes and last season we let a few silly goals in.”