Leon Legge: the club was not well run last season

Port Vale defender Leon Legge says that Port Vale football club is being run much better under current owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan than previous owner Norman Smurthwaite.

The Shanahans took over in the summer and have received much praise from supporters from their inclusive style and the raft of improvements that they have implemented.

The improved atmosphere at the club has resulted in mega fan Robbie Williams agreeing to play a charity concert at the ground in the summer.

The club last year wasn’t well run, you didn’t know half the people that would come in, you didn’t know what was going on from one day to the next…

The mood at the club is in marked contrast to that under former owner Norman Smurthwaite whose controversial six year reign was marked with mass protests from fans before he agreed to sell the club to the Shanahans.

Legge has echoed those sentiments. He told the Sentinel newspaper: “The club last year wasn’t well run, you didn’t know half the people that would come in, you didn’t know what was going on from one day to the next. This was supposed to be our place of work.

“But then this season they have got a structure in place. You don’t have to worry about certain things and there is a complete positive aura about the place.

“I think you can see that with the fans at home as well. Our home record since the start of the season is no coincidence.”

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