“I found the decision this week to make certain non leagues null and void absolutely shocking.
It strikes close to home with Leek Town being denied a probable promotion after all their hard work.
I once spent about 18 months coaching at the club and current manager Neil Baker, who’s Leek Town through and through, once coached the under-14s for me at Port Vale when I was youth manager at Vale Park.
Who are the nobodys sitting on their fat backsides making these decisions without any consultation, or communication once they’ve made it?
All that honest toil from clubs for nothing.
I hope there is a successful appeal of some sort, perhaps some intervention by the FA, or if not I can see the lawyers getting involved.
I was amused by Peter Crouch’s tale of Charlie Adam always talking with the coaches when he should have been having a drink break in training.
That suggests a thirst for knowledge and I recognise that from my own playing days.
I managed the Miner’s Arms in Packmoor while playing at Stoke, my first bit of coaching if you like, and I was forever approaching people like Steve Burtenshaw at Everton and Ron Saunders at Aston Villa to talk about coaching.
Some team-mates would get the wrong impression about me, but it was only because I used to get frustrated with some attitudes and, after all, it was our livelihoods at stake.
We weren’t earning £3.5m-a-year like your average Premier League player apparently does these days.”