BURY boss Kevin Blackwell says it is time football fans took a reality check. Shakers supporters have certainly had one this season.
Their struggling team, who have gone 12 games without a win, are in grave danger of returning to League Two.
Beset by financial worries, the Gigg Lane outfit have just had a transfer embargo lifted after the cash-strapped club were bailed out by a short-term loan from the Professional Footballers’ Association.
The loan has now been repaid in full, easing the club’s off-the-field worries.
But Bury’s struggles make light of more topical issues at the top level and Blackwell wants more patience, realism and common sense at all levels of the game.
“When I hear the things fans say [with regards to Premier League clubs], I think for goodness sake wake up,” said Blackwell.
“Come to Bury, where things are tough and fans are just as passionate. That is tough and that is what life’s about.
“Patience is a virtue, I’m afraid, and it’s not a word that’s very often used in football, but it should be.
“With the financial crisis that is happening in the world, which has also affected football, everybody has got to have a bit of patience and understanding.
“I won’t risk my house by squandering money on this, that and the other, and football clubs should be exactly the same.
“Fans sometimes will have to be patient because, at the end of the day, if you’ve still got your home to go to, you’ve got everything.
“I don’t think it is right to put directors of football clubs under massive pressure to make decisions that are wrong,” he added.
“The housekeeping goes out of the window because chairmen and directors try to placate fans.
“The fans are there to support their football club and the football club is there to try to entertain them and give them winning football as best they can.
“But not everybody can win, so there has to be patience and a bit of common sense.”