New owners: we need to reunite the Port Vale family

New Port Vale owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan say they need to encourage stay-away fans back after completing their purchase of the club.

The Synectics Solutions owners were confirmed as the club’s new owners on Tuesday morning.

We talk about the Port Vale family and there are a lot of people who have disappeared over the years, but one of our first aims is to get them back….

Speaking to the official website, Carol commented: “We talk about the Port Vale family and there are a lot of people who have disappeared over the years, but one of our first aims is to get them back.

“To me, Vale Park is the family home and we want to be proud of it when away supporters come here, so we want it to be in the best condition that it can be. It’s going to take a lot of time and there is a lot of work to be done on this stadium.

“We’ve always wanted to help Burslem and I’ve held the view that a successful football club helps its community, so we thought that if we can help make it successful then it will benefit the area – that’s what we’re going to do.”

Husband Kevin added: “It is just a humbling and magnificent feeling all at the same time. We had almost 1,000 fans at Bury supporting a team that had just squeaked clear of relegation, and there was nothing to play for, so they are phenomenal.

“If we can just tap into that and give these people a bit of what they want, it will be an unbelievable place to be.”

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