Chris Maguire on his difficult season at Bury


Just over a year ago, Chris Maguire couldn't face the prospect of getting out of bed in the morning.

Dreams of beating defenders, scoring goals and having his name chanted by supporters wasn't keeping his mind busy. Instead, it was worrying about how to look after his family and wondering if he was going to be paid that month.

This was the reality for the Scot and his team-mates as crisis-hit Bury struggled financially, a perilous position that has intensified to such a degree that the club could be expelled from the English Football League this Friday.

The League One side have had six games postponed this season already, while a proposed buy-out was rejected on Tuesday.

Maguire, who moved to Sunderland last summer, spent a year at Gigg Lane during the 2017-18 season, a campaign he admits made him "fall out of love" with the game.

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Sunderland's Chris Maguire on his difficult season at Bury