Port Vale coach says trio’s absence is not personal

Port Vale coach Lee Nogan has spoken to the media about the absence of David Worrall, Ben Whitfield and Ricky Miller from the Port Vale matchday squad.

Worrall has not featured since October, Whitfield since November and Miller since the start of the month.

It is not personal, we are just trying to pick eleven players…

However, Nogan says there are no problems between the management team and the players commenting: “They have all had a run in the team and we go off what we see in training as well. The crux of it is, if you are doing really well, you stay in the team. If you are not, you are in and out.

“It is not personal, we are just trying to pick eleven players. We have twenty-odd so it is always difficult when everybody is fit. So, they have chances hopefully over the next two or three weeks to stake a claim for a place in the squad or the starting eleven. But that will be up to them and how we play in the next few weeks.”

Nogan added: “We have all been there. When you are not playing you know you are not happy but you just get your head down and you train hard. You have to have a good attitude and then if it is ongoing then I am sure players will go and see the manager and express their feelings on that.

“We have all done it, but there are no personal issues. We will do what is right for the player and the club.

“At the end of the day, I think Neil has already said, if players don’t want to be here then that is fine. It is never personal, if they want to move on, that is the nature of the game.”

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