Vale CEO: funds were available but owner made decision on deadline deals

Port Vale CEO Colin Garlick has been addressing fans’s questions at a Supporters Club meeting on Thursday evening.

The following are a selection of answers from the Q&A with Colin Garlick.

Should Smurthwaite sell the club?

Asked by a fan if “someone came to buy the club and you believed they were suitable, would you advise him to sell?” Garlick answered “yes.”

Who signed Edser, Whelan and Trickett-Smith?

Asked by fans Garlick confirmed: “We were working with agents… Norman has brought Danny Trickett-Smith in.” He later clarified “Norman made that decision was coming in at the end of January to be precise. We knew the money was coming in once Hugill was sold. The budget at the start of the season included that. Money was available in the window but we didn’t have a stable management (situation) in place.”

Should Aspin have left earlier?

The CEO also conceded that the Neil Aspin situation did not help the club in January. When asked by a fan “Why did the situation with the manager drag on all through January?” he replied:  “Hindsight is wonderful but I don’t disagree Looking back the time for Neil to go was after the Oldham game.”

Does catering money go into club accounts?

Asked about whether money from the club shop and food and drink outlets goes into club accounts he answered: “From the club shop, yes. From the catering kiosks, no.”

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