Former Port Vale manager Jim Gannon has insisted he is “committed to the cause” despite public criticism from Stockport County chairman Lord Snape.
Jim Gannon’s pretty good at telling me how this club should be run. Well I’m going to tell him that I’m not impressed by the way the team is being run…
Gannon, who had a hugely controversial spell at Vale Park in 2011, rejoined Stockport for a second spell later that year but the side are currently just above the Blue Square Premier relegation zone.
County chairman Lord Snape hit out at the side’s poor form after a loss to Woking telling the press: “I’m getting pretty fed up of watching part-time teams beat Stockport County. Changes are going to be made unless things improve.
“Jim Gannon’s pretty good at telling me how this club should be run. Well I’m going to tell him that I’m not impressed by the way the team is being run.”
Gannon, hit back via an interview in the Manchester Evening News commenting: “I think whatever’s said in the boardroom should stay in the boardroom; the most professional thing is to say nothing.
“I knew I was coming in under extreme pressure with the conditions and the reduced playing budget but I’ve come here because the fans asked me to come aboard.
“Me and the staff are committed to the cause; we’ve created a spirit that suggests we have a platform to move forward but we have to get the financial and footballing structure to move forward.”
It is clear that our ability to function as a proper full-time structure has been compromised by such cutbacks…
Gannon also used his programme notes for the game against Southport to reveal that the club have cut nearly £600,000 from the club’s playing budget. His notes concluded: “It is clear that our ability to function as a proper full-time structure has been compromised by such cutbacks.
“As a staff we have dealt with such circumstances professionally and with great dignity.”