Port Vale manager Micky Adams says he is encouraged by Chairman Norman Smurthwaite’s remarks on his contract but says until he sees the deal then he has “nothing to add.”
As to whether I sign it in the next couple of weeks, it is not as easy as that. I think my solicitor would like a look…
Smurthwaite indicated that he was hopeful that Adams would agree to a new contract by the end of March but Adams thinks that the process could take longer.
When asked about the situation in a press conference, Adams responded: That’s a private matter, but the one thing Norman has put into the public domain that has pleased me is that my demands are not extortionate.
“I think there has been a lot of hype in certain areas that I am asking for too much money. That has never been the case. I don’t do this job for money.
“I have never expressed a desire to leave, but until I have actually seen a contract and spoken about it with the people I need to, there’s nothing to add.
“Norman has said he is hopeful of tying me to a deal, and I would hope to get to see a contract within the next couple of weeks.
“As to whether I sign it in the next couple of weeks, it is not as easy as that. I think my solicitor would like a look .”
Smurthwaite also confirmed that the playing budget would be reduced next season after the club over-spent on player wages this campaign. Adams understand that the reductions will make it harder to build on this season commenting: “I also know the chairman wants a top-eight finish next season.
“It makes any manager’s job harder if you cut the budget. If the budget is £2.4m and £300,000 of that was spent on the development squad, we are losing £200,000, so there have to be cutbacks somewhere.
“I have not paid too much attention to it. I couldn’t even tell you, of the £1.9m, what is left in the budget from the players in contract.
“I want to get this season out of the way and then talk about me and the budget if I can.”