Manager Micky Adams says the club need a larger squad if they are to challenge for the play-offs next season.
Adams, who also refused to be drawn on his future, appeared to contradict the thoughts of Chairman Norman Smurthwaite, who is hoping for a play-off challenge next campaign.
I think Norman has talked about the budget being cut so whoever is in charge next season will have a job on his hands…
Speaking after Vale’s game against Rotherham, where the side only named five subs, Adams said: “Have a look at the size of Rotherham’s squad and the players they had on the bench to change this game. We haven’t had that and ultimately that’s what will keep us from challenging at the top echelons of the league.
“I think Norman has talked about the budget being cut so whoever is in charge next season will have a job on his hands.”
Adams’ comments can be seen as somewhat simplistic as Vale’s squad size next season is ultimately in the hands of the Football League Fair Play regulations – with Vale only able to increase their playing budget if more income is generated.
Unfortunately, there will always be clubs, like Rotherham, who generate more money in season ticket sales and commercial activity than the Valiants although it could also be argued that a better PR campaign (or indeed Adams committing himself to Vale) would sell more season tickets and increased commercial activity would also help Vale’s budget to increase.