Supporters Club: The board has ‘gone AWOL’

Supporters Club: The board has ‘gone AWOL’

The official Port Vale Supporters’ Club have hit out at the club’s board and accused them of “hiding behind spurious arguments to justify not talking to supporters and the media.”

The Supporters’ Club adds that: “Mike Lloyd’s comments are thoroughly disingenuous given that the directors have not communicated with supporters and shareholders for some weeks – other than Mr Lloyd confirming he had no knowledge of what was going on at the club.”

The full statement reads:

Port Vale Supporters’ Club Statement January 12, 2012

Port Vale Supporters Club would like to inform fans that not only has the club’s board gone AWOL, some directors are now hiding behind spurious arguments to justify not talking to supporters and the media.

On Tuesday evening Mike Lloyd was quoted on BBC Radio Stoke’s Praise and Grumble show as having told presenter John Acres that because the Supporters’ Club has engaged solicitors it would now be inappropriate to comment on the situation at Vale Park.

Supporters’ Club chairman Pete Williams said: “We would like to clarify the situation for fans and blow a hole in yet another ridiculous smokescreen from this incompetent, discredited board.

“Mike Lloyd’s comments are thoroughly disingenuous given that the directors have not communicated with supporters and shareholders for some weeks – other than Mr Lloyd confirming he had no knowledge of what was going on at the club – despite being a serving director and having a duty to act in the best interests of Port Vale.

“For the record, Port Vale Supporters’ Club and shareholders haven’t commenced legal proceedings yet; we have still to set out our specific claims for breach of duty in writing and have merely informed the club of our serious concerns in this respect and reserved our rights. A group of shareholders have made a request for documentation which they are entitled to receive and inspect.

“The Supporters’ Club is working hard to get our ducks in a row before announcing the EGM which we hope will bring an end to the reign of Messrs Lloyd, Deakin, Oliver and Miller.

“The fact is there is nothing to prevent any of the directors from talking to the media. Mr Lloyd’s comments are all too convenient and suggest he and his fellow directors are running scared.

“The Supporters’ Club would like to remind them that they can run but they can’t hide forever. Their days are numbered.”

Mr Williams reiterated his plea for fans to protest outside the club’s main entrance on Saturday before and after the home game against Wimbledon.

He also reminded fans that they can take the directors up on their kind offer of a chat by making appointments via the club.

The Supporters’ Club would like to thank fans’ groups Black & Gold, North London Valiants and Starve ‘Em Out for their continued assistance. We stand united.

Thanks to you all for showing you care.

The SC would also like to take this opportunity to wish Micky and the lads all the best for the Wimbledon game.

Up the Vale!

We are delighted to announce that the SC membership has more than trebled to almost 800 Vale fans in recent months.

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