Owner Norman Smurthwaite has given the strongest indication yet that manager Bruno Ribeiro could be set to depart Vale Park.
The manager’s future came under intense scrutiny following the 4-0 defeat at Wimbledon especially after owner Norman Smurthwaite demanded that the club be in contention for promotion by the New Year.
Smurthwaite told BBC Radio Stoke: “We have two home games and he will be the manager for both those home games. I am expecting his friends who in part got him the job – Mourinho, the manager at Wednesday and Karanka, in their glowing references in the time I was interviewing for a manager – they now have to step up and actually deliver what it is I am told is going to happen.
“That is some Grade A players to complement and take us forward.
“If that doesn’t happen then I will feel I have been a little bit hoodwinked and obviously my view of the horizon might be somewhat different than if that does happen.”