Manager Micky Adams has claimed that Vale are currently subject to a Football League transfer embargo.
Apparently we have a transfer embargo on us at this moment in time. I don’t know why, so don’t even ask me…
The Port Vale manager apparently discovered the ban when he tried to bring in a loan keeper to cover Ryan Boot, who is ill with glandular fever. The Vale have revealed that striker Tom Pope will now deputise for Sam Johnson.
Vale secretary Bill Lodey confirmed to the Sentinel that the club has been placed under the embargo but says he expects it will be lifted shortly. The Football League has a policy of not commenting in these cases, but a transfer embargo is often placed on a club because of an unpaid bill.
Manager Micky Adams told the press: “Our immediate problem is our goalkeeping situation. Chris Neal is injured and Ryan Boot has gone down ill, he has had some blood tests and we suspect it is probably glandular fever but we can’t confirm that until tomorrow.
“The deadline is today and we have been on to the League about it and apparently we have a transfer embargo on us at this moment in time. I don’t know why, so don’t even ask me, but we can’t add to the goalkeeping situation.
“What that effectively means is we will go down there with one goalkeeper and will have seven outfield players on the bench. Popey is a good goalkeeper, believe me.”
Port Vale’s horror week…
Tuesday: Carl Dickinson is sent-off as the Vale lose 5-0 to Bristol City – their heaviest defeat in two years
Wednesday: Manager Micky Adams says he is “considering his options” after alleged fan abuse
Thursday: Jack Grimmer is recalled by Fulham and a transfer embargo is revealed