Neil Aspin

Smurthwaite: I like honest and hard working Aspin

Smurthwaite: I like honest and hard working Aspin

Owner Norman Smurthwaite says he is sure manager Neil Aspin will suceed and have a long-term Vale future.

Smurthwaite was responding to a series of questions posed by OVF editor Rob Fielding in the wake of his Q&A with supporters last week.

He works hard. I like him. He has been feeling the pressure recently but I believe he will be at the club for a long time…

Asked about Aspin by Fielding he replied: “He works hard. I like him. He has been feeling the pressure recently but I believe he will be at the club for a long time.”

Talking about the appointment, Smurthwaite confessed “I was 95% towards appointing [name redacted] but Neil kept on cropping up. Micky Adams didn’t bring him [Aspin] on board but he did tell me to meet him and said he was a honest guy.

“I met Neil near my home and after half-an-hour or so I could tell he was a honest guy and would make an excellent manager.

“I want to take the club back to League One [and] I believe we have the right football management structure and next season will be the year we deliver it.

“I want Neil Aspin to succeed. I like him and I have seen his plans for summer recruitment which excite me.”

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