Rob Fielding welcomes the post-EGM statement from the board in which they accept an “appetite for change” but he wants more than mere words – the board now have to deliver.
I welcome the post-EGM statement from the board in which they accept an “appetite for change” but speaking personally, I’m not happy with mere words – the board now have to deliver.
In a hostile and draining EGM, surely even the remaining members of the board must know that right now they have lost the fans. Not all the fans, but the vast majority of fans.
Not Internet “troublemakers”, not a “mob” outside the main entrance, not outsiders with agendas, but genuine grassroots supporters of all levels and ages are disenfranchised and angry.
The vote of no confidence has delivered a clear message and will be something the board will have to live with for the rest of their reign. Even if the board feel they have “won” today, then it has merely been a Pyrrhic victory. Yes, they may still control the club, but they have lost the majority of fans. And without the fans, this club is nothing.
So, now is not the time for words from the board. We’ve had more than enough of them. Now is the time for them to prove they mean what they say and deliver on their promises to “change”.
It will be a long road to redemption. But only when the board deliver and change can they regain the faith of the fans who are the lifeblood of this club, only when they change can we unite and take the club forward.
Rob Fielding has been a Port Vale fan for thirty years. He founded the award-winning onevalefan.co.uk website in 1996. These are his personal views and he welcomes your comments on them.