Ryan Lowe has been speaking to the press following his appointment as the new Plymouth Argyle manager, and top of the agenda was the future of Danny Mayor who starred for his former club Bury last season.
Lowe did not shy away from the subject but played down speculation that the twenty-eight-year-old would follow him south to Devon.
Bury are in the grip of a financial crisis, and the future of many of their players is unclear, but the Pilgrims boss was keen to show respect to his old club and point out that if players from the squad didn’t want to join him, then there were other attractive propositions available.
Speaking specifically on Mayor, Lowe told Plymouth Live: Danny Mayor is out of contract, so he’s different, but in all honesty, he’s a League One/Championship player.’
‘I would love to have Danny Mayor, no problem. I would fly him down, but you have got to be realistic as well.’
‘His missus has just had a baby, and he’s a homeboy. When I was a player, I was fortunate enough I could pick my clubs, and certainly Danny could probably do that.’
‘I think Danny is probably out of our league because of where he can go and what he can do.’
Mayor is a firm fan favourite at Gigg Lane, having been at the club since 2013. He won many plaudits for his influential displays last season as the Shakers exciting brand of attacking football took them to promotion from League Two despite the club’s off-field problems.
He was a constant threat on the left-hand side where his physical presence and ability to cut inside posed severe problems for League Two defences. He also chipped in with twelve goals in forty-four appearances across all competitions and was included in the PFA League Two Team of the Season.
He has been linked with a move south since news broke of Lowe’s appointment, but he is likely to have several options to consider if he does decide his future is away from Bury.
Managing expectations is a vital part of any managers job, and Lowe was quick to play down the possibility of signing Mayor.
There is no doubt an in-form Danny Mayor would be a huge asset to the Pilgrims, and if Lowe manages to persuade him to move to Home Park, Plymouth fans will be in for a treat next season.
However, with clubs higher up the pyramid likely to be interested, his wages will be high, and Lowe may decide the money might be better spent elsewhere as they look to re-shape the squad and mount a promotion challenge.
However, with the loss of Carey, they will be desperate to add creativity, and it would not surprise me to see Mayor in Devon next season.