Port Vale CEO Norman Smurthwaite has told Martin Tideswell that the players and coaching staff “need us – the owners, the staff at the club and – crucially – the fans, to put our arms around them and make them feel warm and loved.”
I can assure the supporters that no-one hurts more than the players and the manager when we get beat. Micky Adams is a proud man and he doesn’t accept failure…
After a week of controversy which has seen the manager criticise some fans and the supporters retaliate with criticism of their own, Smuthwaite is following Paul Wildes’ appeal for calm and the appeal from this website for mutual respect with his own attempt to calm the situation.
Smurthwaite added: “Of course, fans are entitled to their opinions and I understand their frustrations, but the truth is that everyone at the club is just as disappointed as them at the way things have gone recently.
“I can assure the supporters that no-one hurts more than the players and the manager when we get beat. Micky Adams is a proud man and he doesn’t accept failure.”
You can read the full interview through this link – http://martintideswell.com/2013/03/15/not-the-time-for-falling-out-the-players-and-manager-need-a-cuddle/