Vital Football

Latest Port Vale News

Adams Seeks Vale Assurances

Adams Seeks Vale Assurances

Vale boss Micky Adams will seek assurances from Chairman Norman Smurthwaite before deciding whether to commit his future to the club. After months of procrastination, Adams has finally been offered a new deal in writing. However, Adams has hinted he will only stay if he believes he has the financial capability to push the side on and admits there are other clubs interested in acquiring his services.

Vale look set for a top half finish in their first season back at this level, a creditable achievement. Countless times supporters have seen promising sides dismantled, so there is much hope that Adams and many of his 14 out of contract players sign on in a bid to mount a realistic assault on the play off places next year.

Whether that is attainable, who knows. The club have sold around 2800 season tickets by the end of April`s 'early bird` deadline, so look to be well down on last year`s figure of 4300. Smurthwaite has certainly begun to make more encouraging noises on that front as of late after initially revealing that the budget is likely to be cut for next season, Adams will, however, need convincing that he has the means to be able not only to keep hold of his key players, but also to add some much needed quality particularly in defensive areas.

Several players have made it clear that they would be keen to stay with the Vale, but on the condition that Adams remains in charge. The chairman has already revealed that he has no plan B, which could make for an uncomfortable summer for all concerned. The likes of captain Doug Loft, Chris Neal, Chris Lines, Richard Duffy, Jennison Myrie-Williams and the impressive on loan Billy Knott are all out of contract and likely to attract interest.

Adams told The Sentinel

"I think we have done great this season. I think we needed to push on in January and we could have, but obviously the money wasn`t there so we couldn`t do it.

I think personally we missed out on an opportunity to do well because I think the nucleus of the squad is there. We needed a few bodies.

I am not having a go at Norman. How can any of us sit here and judge Norman when he puts his hard-earned money into a football club. He has earned it; he can decide what he wants to do with it.

"But I certainly don`t want to throw all the goodwill and the spirit that we have got at this club by having a season where we are in a relegation battle - if that was the case next season because we haven`t been able to keep our better players and we haven`t got the players in that we wanted to take us to the higher echelons."

Smurthwaite, in response, has pledged to add a further 25% on top of the season ticket sales in a bid to entice Adams to stay. The move is permitted by the Football League as it would be an investment rather than a loan. It certainly is a positive response from the Vale chairman after previously stating that he believed the club wasn`t ready for promotion. Smurthwaite cannot be faulted for investing a significant chunk of money during his tenure.

However, it can also be a dangerous road to travel. The club needs to find ways of increasing commercial and non-match day income on its route to becoming self-sufficient, something it has failed to do for a number of years.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tom
Date:Thursday May 1 2014
Time: 7:01PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Port Vale Articles

EFL Goal Of 2016 Contenders Named

Ten EFL professional footballers find themselves nominated for the treasured Goal Of The Year gong for 2016.

More Reliable Than A League 1 Octopus? (21/3/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final League One positions for 2016/17.

Safe Standing Takes Another Step

Last weekend the EFL contacted League One and Two clubs and informed them that they had the choice of whether or not to introduce the new 'rail seats' that are a topic...

Hooper In Team Of The Week (14/3/17)

Port Vale are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Archived Vital Vale Articles

Vital Vale articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Vale
Write For Vital Vale
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Port Vale v Colchester
Suggested By:
Port Vale win79%
Colchester win17%
Draw4%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Sheff Utd 38 23 9 6 78 30
2 Bolton 38 21 9 8 72 26
3 Fleetwood 38 19 11 8 68 19
4 Bradford 39 16 18 5 66 16
5 Scunthorpe 39 18 10 11 64 20
6 Southend 38 16 12 10 60 11
7 Millwall 37 16 12 9 60 9
8 Bristol Rovers 39 15 12 12 57 0
9 Oxford 38 16 7 15 55 5
10 Rochdale 37 15 9 13 54 4
11 Walsall 39 13 14 12 53 -2
12 Peterborough 39 14 10 15 52 0
13 Wimbledon 38 12 15 11 51 3
14 Northampton 39 14 7 18 49 -6
15 Charlton 39 10 17 12 47 3
16 MK Dons 38 12 11 15 47 -1
17 Bury 39 12 9 18 45 -7
18 Gillingham 39 11 12 16 45 -16
19 Oldham 39 10 14 15 44 -12
20 Shrewsbury 38 11 10 17 43 -12
21 Port Vale 37 10 11 16 41 -17
22 Swindon 39 9 9 21 36 -19
23 Chesterfield 39 8 9 22 33 -26
24 Coventry 39 6 11 22 29 -28
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Port Vale Results (view all)

Port Vale Fixtures (view all)

Mar 25 2017 3:00PM : Milton Keynes Dons (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : AFC Wimbledon (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Rochdale (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Chesterfield (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Oxford United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Write for Vital Football