League One Round-up: Bury exodus continues, O’Hara gets Posh chance

Opted to join us after seeing the crowd in action - Courtesy Graham Burrell

Time for another of our round-ups of happenings in League One at the start of this week, in the absence of any official news from the club.

Incidentally, I’m at Sincil Bank tomorrow as part of my involvement with the Priory Trust, which means I’m away from my computer. 100%, nailed on, there will be an announcement when I can’t cover it. No doubt.

Anyway, on with the show.

Bury

What a shit storm this is. I don’t really know where to start today on a truly awful day for the club. The so-called good news is the manager; Paul Wilkinson has agreed to take over from Ryan Lowe. The bad news is Wilkinson’s last role was as manager of Truro City, who he got relegated out of the National League South.

I should be all in favour of Wilkinson, he was born in Louth and is a son of Lincolnshire, but he’s not what Bury needed, not at all.

You know what they do need? Players. They’ve not got many left. Will Aimson left today, he’s moved to Plymouth to join Danny Mayor and Ryan Lowe. Nicky Maynard has rocked up at Mansfield, a good signing announced in a cringe-worthy video featuring Queen Carolyn and her Rolls Royce. Even Chris Stokes has left, the decidedly average left back who had a horror show against us. He’s joined Stevenage.

I’d ask the last one out to turn off the lights, but that would leave Paul Wilkinson in the dark; that’s if they’ve even paid the electric bill.

Joking aside, you have to feel for their fans who are watching their club die in front of them.

Courtesy Graham Burrell

Mark O’Hara

This is bad news for anyone hoping we were going to sign O’Hara; he’s being given another chance by Posh boss Darren Ferguson. He’s the only one of the transfer-listed players to be included on their pre-season trip to La Manga. 

There haven’t been any bids for the 23-year-old and, if us signing Joe Morrell is anything to go by, there won’t be one from us. That’s prompted the son of Fergie to hand him a lifeline.

“Mark remains on the transfer list and if we get a bid we like he will be sold, but at the moment that hasn’t happened so it seems fair that I should take a close look at him,” he told Peterborough Today.

“Mark started last season on fire and there is obvious talent there. I know Lincoln were pleased with him.”

He won’t get to feature in their friendly with Nottingham Forest though, as they’ve had it pulled from the calendar at short notice. Their new boss, former Inter player Sabri Lamouchi, has cancelled at five days notice. Imagine booking flights and a hotel only to find out you’ll be watching Posh running around on their own. Gutted.

Kgosi Ntlhe

Not just a random collection of letters, Ntlhe is a player for League One rivals Rochdale, or rather was.

The 25-year-old South African has left the club to pursue other opportunities. He’s formerly been with Peterborough and Stevenage and turned out 23 times for Dale last season.

They’ve thanked him ‘for the memories’, which include playing against us in the EFL Trophy last year on a sandpit. He won’t forget that in a hurry, that’s for sure.

It’s okay though, Ntlhe might have left but they’ve signed Rhys Norrington-Davies, a defender who sounds suspiciously like a Tory MP.

Seriously, where have all the ‘Paul Smiths’ gone?