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Accrington Stanley boss has sympathy for Bury and Bolton

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Accrington boss John Coleman thinks football needs to change to avoid further situations like those at Bolton Wanderers and Bury.

The Stanley manager can sympathise with the two clubs, who will both start the League One season on minus 12 points, after the Reds found themselves in a similar situation.

With Bury’s season opener against MK Dons tomorrow suspended, the EFL will decide today if the Shakers’ game at the Wham Stadium on August 10 can go ahead.

Colemans admits he feels most for the fans of the two clubs with Bolton being in the Premier League in the not-too-distant past and Bury celebrating promotion just a matter of months ago.

Stanley were founded in 1891 but folded in 1966. A new Stanley was re-formed two years later and returned to the Football League in 2006.

The club is now in a stable financial situation under the ownership of local businessman Andy Holt.

“We’ve been in those situations before, it’s easy to criticise teams, but we’ve been in the situation where we’ve found it difficult and running a football club is very difficult,” Coleman said.

“All we can do is wish them all the best and hope that they pull through and get playing football.

“No one wants to see teams suffer, no one wants to see fans suffer, who ultimately, do most of the suffering.

“I think football has to change the way it’s structured if we’re going to avoid a repeat of this. They won’t be the only two teams who are feeling the pinch and heading towards financial trouble.

“There’ll be lots of other teams who we don’t know about yet.”

Bolton were one of the founder members of the Football League while Bury have a 134-year history in the game and Coleman admits it’s hard to believe the situation both clubs find themselves in.

“Especially a club of Bolton’s stature who have been in the Premier League and you see their ground,” he said.

“It’s hard to take and hard to believe. Then you’ve got Bury, who last year were celebrating promotion and then the rug has been pulled from underneath them.”

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