Fans’ chief – Port Vale should turn to Rudge, Adams and Horton



Supporters club chairman Mark Porter is urging Port Vale to use the experience of former managers to identify the next boss.

Vale have this afternoon parted company with John Askey, ending his 23-months in charge.

Now Porter says they should pick the brains of club president John Rudge and former bosses Brian Horton and Micky Adams to identify a successor.

Porter felt Askey’s departure was on the cards after a run of six points from 12 games.

He said: “Nobody wants to see a manager lose his job, everyone wants their manager to be successful. I do feel really sorry for him. He’s a local lad, his dad was at the Vale and, to be fair, we did really well last season.

“A year ago we were at Manchester City in the FA Cup when Tom Pope scored that club-record goal.

“But we have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.

“Now we have to say the players have to take some responsibility because they have not been performing. That is not acceptable playing for Port Vale Football Club.

“You are privileged to wear the badge of Port Vale and be a professional footballer. If you don’t want to play professional football then go and do something else because it is disrespecting every supporter that has put money in.”

As for what should happen next, he wants the next manager to have no connections with Vale, but does believe the club should pick the brains of former bosses.

He explained: “I would get the advice of three ex Vale managers who have all been successful. I would get their advice of what we can do in the short term to halt the slump and then long term.

“So I would ask the advice of John Rudge, Micky Adams and John Rudge.”

“I do feel very sorry for the manager. It’s unfortunate this has happened and I wish him all the best for the future.

“Now I just hope we get a man who has experience of management in League Two and a proven track record.”

Porter also hopes any problems behind the scenes have been resolved after the manager made reference to ‘strange happenings’ and matters not being on a level playing field in his interviews after Saturday’s defeat at Mansfield.

He said: “Wherever the problem was that also has to be sorted. It is one thing a manager having bad luck, losing games and losing his job. But when you have players putting in those performances then that is wrong.

“I will be very interested to see what happens in the last couple of weeks.

“But good luck to John Askey.

“We had a great day 12 months ago with 8,000 fans at Manchester City. What a difference a year makes.”





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