Port Vale FC’s administrators have confirmed that CEO Perry Deakin was one of four members of staff to be made redundant on Thursday.
The club revealed at the turn of the year that Deakin had quit as the club’s £70,000-a-year CEO and was serving his notice.
But joint administrator Steve Currie said yesterday they had been unable to find a resignation letter from Deakin and had therefore acted to remove him from the payroll. The administrator also made it clear that Deakin would not receive any redundancy payment.
Currie told the Sentinel: “Perry Deakin was on the payroll list when we got here.
“We haven’t seen any resignation letter, so we had to formalise and clarify the position by making him redundant.”
Three other members of staff were made redundant but Currie claims that other staff’s jobs are safe for now.
“As far as we’re concerned, that’s it. We don’t envisage making any more redundancies,” Currie added.
“Of course, something might happen and we might have to do something after all.
“But we’ve looked at it, and while administration is a very fluid process we don’t envisage any more redundancies.”
Deakin’s departure will go unmourned by many Vale fans. His controversial tenure included using ‘nil-paid’ shares to win election to the board while suggesting to shareholders he had paid for his stake.
He was also involved in the much-vaunted Blue Sky International investment deal which was claimed to be worth up to £8m, but which ultimately collapsed, the bust-up with local non-league club Nantwich Town and was even criticised by the Vale programme manufacturers for issuing “misleading” sales figures.