Date:Tuesday June 25 2013
Controversial former Vale CEO Perry Deakin has surprisingly found himself back in football after League Two side Bury confirmed he was acting as a 'consultant`, overseeing their commercial activity.
Deakin presided over an eventful spell at Vale. Along with Peter Miller, he was infamously elected to the board at Vale through their 'purchase` of nil paid shares. The pair claimed to have purchased £100,000 of shares, although later revelations proved this to be false. Deakin calmed startled supporters at the time by reassuring them that he had issued a 'promissory note` to put the money in, and had since paid for his shares in full. All of which was with his own money. At no point has there been any record that the money was forthcoming. The matter is still being investigated by administrators Begbies Traynor, who were called in after the colossal financial mismanagement overseen by Deakin, Miller, Mike Lloyd and Glenn Oliver led to the club`s slide into administration.
Given that Deakin`s response to being confronted with these claims by the Port Vale Supporters` Club was to lock the group out of a meeting on club grounds that evening hardly encourages his new employers as to his fan friendly ways either.
All of which makes it staggering that the response issued to alarmed Bury supporters on the club`s Official Twitter page read:" We carried out significant due-diligence before approaching Perry. he was highly recommended by several successful high profile individuals.
"Mr Deakin has proven to be very professional in all aspects of his consultancy role. this wave of wild and inaccurate speculation will only hamper the progress we have made in our short time at the club and ultimately the clubs future financial well-being.
"We strongly believe that people should only be judged on performance and we ask that judgement is made at the end of the season rather than making comments on non-proven third party statements. The board is disappointed by some of the language being used by 'fans`."
Obviously Bury`s board were swayed by the 'staggering increase` in commercial revenue Deakin oversaw during his time in the Potteries. The developments in Bury`s new ownership will bring back harrowing memories for all Vale supporters. We shall watch what unfolds with interest…
Date:Tuesday June 25 2013
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