The future of manager Micky Adams and possibly fourteen out of contract players in up in the air after the Vale boss said he would delay any decision over a new contract.
Owner Norman Smurthwaite had said that he would expect Adams’ contact to be resolved at the end of March but that now looks extremely unlikely after Adams declared that he would not be rushed into a decision.
Adams told the media: “The club has known I have been out of contract for a while now, so I am not going to be rushed into making a decision on my future in the next couple of weeks. I might as well leave it to the end of the season.”
Adams’ delay could have a knock-on effect on the fourteen Vale players who are also out of contract in the summer. It is highy unlikely that the likes of Chris Lines, Carl Dickinson, Doug Loft and Chris Neal will commit their futures to the club without knowing who next season’s manager will be. That could open the door to other clubs making approaches to Vale’s star names.
The news now means that Adams’ contract saga is likely to drag on for the whole of this season despite sites like OVF imploring the club to resolve the problem. Last year OVF’s editorial urged the club to resolve Adams’ contract before the start of the January transfer window.
Adams’ future at the Vale is subject of much debate. Earlier this week, Adams declared that he was “considering his options” after he alleged he was abused by a number of fans following the Bristol City defeat.
Adams’ mood is unlikely to be improved by the surprise news that the club is currently subject to a transfer embargo for an unknown offence.