Rob Fielding thinks that Rob Page is the right man for the job at Vale Park and hopes that the club can keep him after interest from other clubs.
Rob Fielding writes…
Even though there are a minority of fans for whom manager Rob Page can do no right, I think that many believe that most supporters think the Welshman has considerable potential.
Frankly, with all the drama and controversy off the pitch the stability of the first-team coaching staff has been one of the positives from last season…
It’s therefore worrying that Page is starting to be increasingly linked to other jobs. Earlier this month it was apparently Cardiff who came calling and now it looks like Page is high on the Northampton managerial wishlist.
Frankly, with all the drama and controversy off the pitch (will we have a new owner, a new CEO, a new general manager, who knows…) the stability of the first-team coaching staff has been one of the positives from last season.
Yes, it was a disappointing end and there were certainly both highs and lows but if we can build on last season, could we go one step better this coming campaign? However, there’s a massive caveat to that optimistic statement – that is, if the manager stays put.
The one silver lining for Vale fans is that at the moment it’s only bookies’ odds that place Page high up the Northampton shortlist. We all know that bookies (despite generous offers such as free bets and enhanced odds) are very rarely out of pocket but the one comfort for the Valiants is that so far there’s been no formal word from either Vale or Northampton of a possible Page switch.
With a reduced playing budget in place, I think it’s crucial we have the best man in charge and for me that remains Rob Page. I’m keeping my fingers crossed he’s true to his word and committed to his three-year Port Vale plan.