In a post on the OVF forum, Norman Smurthwaite has responded to questions about managers Bruno Ribeiro and Rob Page.
On Bruno Ribeiro
Ribeiro was appointed on a two-year contract in the summer but resigned on Boxing Day 2016. On his appointment Smurthwaite commented that ” I was duped and [I am] really sorry where that leaves us.”
On Rob Page
Page was Ribeiro’s predecessor at Vale Park but Smurthwaite says the former coach was only his third choice. He added: “My first and second choice did not come off when MA [Micky Adams] left so I gave the job to RP [Rob Page] and after he kept us up felt a sense of loyalty until Exeter [when Vale lost in the FA Cup]…”
On Michael Brown
Brown is interim manager and Smurthwaite said the situtation was similar to that of Rob Page. He commented: “MB [Michael Brown] is similar to RP as many of the candidates were/are waiting for that Championship offer…”