Norman Smurthwaite

Vale owner: I’ve become ‘numb in part’ to Vale but I will sell to right buyer

Vale owner: I’ve become ‘numb in part’ to Vale but I will sell to right buyer

Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite has responded to comments from OVF editor Rob Fielding and says that he needs to state the facts, he is numb in part to the club but he will sell to the right buyer.

On Sunday, Fielding wrote urging Smurthwaite to set a realistic asking price for the club and claiming that new owners should not have to pay for failed experiments such as the Bruno Ribeiro regime.

I am surprised how easy it was to let go and I learn of updates from the BBC website…

Smurthwaite responded via email saying: “If you are going to run a feature about myself please at least state the fact. My DLA up to June 16 does not include anything to do with Bruno [Ribeiro] as that was up to season before. The cost of that Season has been covered by myself personally as has the exit costs of any players since June 2017.”

The Vale owner added: “Due to the actions of a few of abuse, death threats etc l have become numb in part towards the club. I am not scared to go to Vale as Jean [Jackson] put it but I just do not want to place more security costs and potentially police costs from me attending onto the club.”

“Since 30th April 2017, as l state, I have not been involved with the Club in day to day matters except one issue which needed my input and which was what was wanted by some.

“I am surprised how easy it was to let go and I learn of updates from the BBC website.

“I will sell to the right party but on agreed terms whenever that occurs.”

He added that “I am happy for you to post this.”

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