The board’s silence speaks volumes

The board’s silence speaks volumes

It’s been another week of controversy at Vale Park and yet, once again, fans have been treated to complete silence from the Port Vale board.

In the last seven days, we’ve had some serious allegations regarding director Graham Mudie, the deadline imposed by Mo Chaudry regarding his potential investment in the club and the continuing investigation into the ‘busgate’ affair.

That’s a lot to take in. But have we heard any response to the board on any of those major issues?

This lot seem to be somewhat reticent to issue official statements, so how about their use of the local media? BBC Radio Stoke said on Friday that the board did not bother to answer their interview request. There’s been no interviews in the Sentinel. So, no news there.

OK, how about the official website? Nothing, apart from a solitary official statement confirming Paul Humphrey’s resignation.

So, there’s been not a word on the week’s events anywhere. It’s a controversial stance from a board that, in its own charter, promised to “run the club openly and democratically.” How has it come to this?

Do the board really hold fans and shareholders in such contempt that they couldn’t care less, do they simply think all is rosy at Vale Park, or is there some other reason?

Allow me to share my theory.

After Bill Bratt’s laughable comments to the Sentinel about the Mo Chaudry bid, perhaps the board have realised that the Chairman and CEO is doing their cause no good?

Indeed, I think the board are now actually following Mark Twain’s advice. He once said:

“It’s better to keep quiet and have people think you stupid, than to talk and confirm it.”


Rob Fielding has been a Port Vale fan for thirty years. He founded the award-winning onevalefan.co.uk website in 1996. These are his personal views and he welcomes your comments on them.

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