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  1. I thought tonight, in patches, Vale played some lovely stuff. Back 3 were very good, aside from switching off twice, Johnson was excellent. Midfield 3 could play league two with their eyes shut, Pett is a lovely footballer, always looking to play on the front foot. If I’m being critical, we look slightly lightweight up top and maybe could do with another forward on loan, however it is a brand new team with a lot of gelling to do. Get the feeling we maybe a little up and down in the early stages of the season, but keep the faith, I think we’ll come good and have a decent season. Impressed with our recruitment, maybe in certain areas we lack a little strength in depth but lots of positives for me tonight.
  2. I thought tonight, in patches, Vale played some lovely stuff. Back 3 were very good, aside from switching off twice, Johnson was excellent. Midfield 3 could play league two with their eyes shut, Pett is a lovely footballer, always looking to play on the front foot. If I’m being critical, we look slightly lightweight up top and maybe could do with another forward on loan, however it is a brand new team with a lot of gelling to do. Get the feeling we maybe a little up and down in the early stages of the season, but keep the faith, I think we’ll come good and have a decent season. Impressed with our recruitment, maybe in certain areas we lack a little strength in depth but lots of positives for me tonight.
  3. Maybe add “Never heard of him so must be completely useless”
  4. That’s the lad from Tranmere isn’t it? Very good player, always liked him whenever I’ve seen him
  5. Smashing bloke and will be sorely missed by many. RIP Charlie, cheer em on from up there!
  6. Hi Lads, Maybe a point worth mentioning this week. I bought a 10 game flexI ticket back in the summer, this week I’ve received an e-mail from the club stating that I’ll be able to get the final 11 home games, starting with Walsall on Saturday,free via iFollow codes. Not sure how well this has been communicated by the club other than directly messaging supporters, in case some out there haven’t checked their inboxes. UTV! Dave.
  7. Eyes peeled at 4:30 pal, think you’ll be pleasantly surprised
  8. Realistically there’s 3 ways we could go... 1) A manager who has had success in a relatively short managerial career, so more than likely looking at a non league manager, which would be a huge gamble 2) A recently retired pro who’s looking to get into management, again a huge gamble 3) An experienced manager, who is more than likely out of work due to a failure/mitigating circumstances from his previous job, I.e Parkinson/Alexander etc. Less of a gamble in my opinion Massive decision, cheap football cliche but true.
  9. Simple, if you can’t afford to run a football club don’t buy one. Every single business has been affected and have therefore used contingency plans to attempt the very difficult task for some, of staying afloat! Many teams have taken the stance of sacking a manager this season following an unacceptable run of results. Can we all stop with the “poor little old Port Vale” theme! It makes me so angry that we collectively think that we ain’t got a pot to piss in! I’m sure that Carol & co have the finances to run a successful business in Synetics, therefore having the cash to run Port Vale. If they don’t, that is very concerning
  10. That’s fantastic insight into what’s going on behind the scenes and substantiates what I thought was happening, to a degree. Great post!
  11. Thanks for the comments Joe, allow me to respond. I don’t think I’ve asserted anything without evidence, I’m literally calling things as I interpret them and it’s absolutely your place to take a different position. I think the world and his wife have heard the rumours that there’s a rift between Askey and Sinclair, and to me if that is the case, it’s extremely worrying. As I said, it’s rumour and the nosey bugger in me would love to know who it was who brought Sinclair in. My opinion is that there has been a significant decline in fortunes on the field since Sinclair came in. The comments regarding Carol were not disparaging, and if that how they came across then I must add it certainly wasn’t my intention. My main point on this, is that this is all of the communication that we get out of the football club. We get very little regarding the first team, youth teams, ladies team, commercial department, I could go on and on. Martin Tideswell was brought in to address this and I don’t know how/if he’s improved things? My opinion is that he hasn’t up to now. The list of staff employed by the football club, listed on the clubs website tells me that theres been major changes behind the scenes. That’s not unsubstantiated rumour, that’s a stone cold fact. A lot of these could well be for the better for club and people involved. It does tell me though, again in my opinion, a mini revolution is happening, and time will tell if the owners vision comes to fruition. I could be wrong, I hope I’m wrong, on a lot of these things, I’m just voicing my opinion on this forum, and have stated each time that it’s my opinion, and I believe that a few other share some of that. Others take your stance Joe, and that’s fine. Good to have the debate without getting defensive and offensive, and that’s what I want to bring up. I have an opinion, some may agree, some may disagree like yourself. Football creates debate.
  12. I can remember past instances where clubs have backed their managers, however given it is unusual to do so. I genuinely feel it’s needed now as we have a number of internal issues that seem to have leaked out to supporters, and it’s seems that we don’t ever react to anything negative. I would say though, without being too critical, the owners jump on anything remotely positive (as they should to promote Port Vale) but when the proverbial hits the fan, it’s bunker and tin hat time. Maybe it’s my own observations and reservations, but I think the time to act is now. Do something, not nothing.
  13. The clubs continued silence is, in my opinion, extremely worrying, particularly now. If the owners believe that Askey is the right man to take us forward, tell us and tell us why he is. If I was Askey, I’d be worried if the club won’t publicly back their own manager through a bad patch. If Askey isn’t the right man, the time to pull the trigger is now, after taking 5 points from a possible 30 and conceding 20+ goals in 10 games. Yet the club continue to stay silent on all footballing matters. Communication from the club has been poor at best this season, and what’s more concerning is that we bought a Director of Commercial and Communications to improve this. It would be lovely to hear from Martin Tideswell to enlighten us on what he has done to improve this. I see an awful lot of “Carol saved us”, “wonderful community work”, “proud to be Vale”, but little else. All of these things are extremely admirable, but when the product on the pitch clearly isn’t right, and has coincided with the appointment of Frank Sinclair, it would interesting to see what if he was Carols call or John’s? I have my own opinion on this, and I believe firmly that it wasn’t Askey. Having also seen the amount of people from within the club that have moved on, it feels like there is a mini revolution going on behind the scenes at VP and the managers resignation, as we clearly don’t want to pay him off, will be the final piece of the puzzle. Do I think Askey should go? 100% yes. Do I think others have influenced our downfall from within? Definitely. Do I think we’re in a bad place from a football point of view? Worse than I originally thought. TIME TO COME OUT AND SAY SOMETHING ANYBODY FROM PORT VALE FOOTBALL CLUB!!! What is going on????
  14. Another great podcast lads. Where do I start with that shower of sh**e last night. Having calmed down a little and had a think over the past 24 hours, I personally think you can break down our current predicament into three key points: - Is the manager's performance under scrutiny and is that scrutiny justified? YES and a resounding YES. Because the feel good factor of the club has undoubtedly helped over the course of the majority of Askey's tenure, this does not mean that the manager cannot be criticised for what are, at best, abject performances. And those performances are coming from a squad of players that I genuinely rate in this division as good enough to mount a challenge at the top end of the table. However we have not looked anything like the team we were last season, so I'd suggest to anyone that either teams have sussed out "1 Tactic John", we have drastically under achieved so far, or a bit of both. There's no question any more for me, John Askey's tenure as Port Vale manager is soon to be concluded, as it seems to me that things have run their natural course between him and the club. - Do the players have to shoulder some of that responsibility and are they equally as culpable as the manager? I'd have to say that yes they do have to shoulder responsibility for their own performances, however it's the manager that picks the team and will set them up to play against opposition. It is clear to me that the players are attempting to play Askey ball, but cannot make it work, particularly when teams set up to play counter attack against us. For 4 games running, we have not looked likely to hurt teams and the manager has not found a way for us to break opposition down. There is a definite hunger and desire from opposition teams at the moment, who smell blood on a wounded animal and know how to hurt us. That is galling for me, given the quality we have in the squad. A special mention for our strikers, 3 of whom we do not play a style that accomodates their own game. Another season of reliance on a 35 year old centre forward is regression and not progress. - Do the board consider our current predicament as worthy of a "crisis" regarding the managers position? Given the clear expectation level (We do not want to be 8th again!) It would seem unlikely to me, given the quite vehiment criticism from a growing number of fans on social media, that the board are not currently discussing the clubs position as a whole, including that of the manager. It may well be that Carol and the board want Askey to stay in the role, however I think it's time that the club engage with media and supporters a little more and tell us, as they seem to have gone uncharacteristically quiet of late, which you guys quite rightfully brought up on the pod. My personal view is that the managers position has to be under discussion, and a decision either way won't be far away if our current form was to continue. If it does continue, then the board will have to act if they are to match their own ambitions, and look to appoint another manager. I'm definitively in the Askey Out camp now, and though no one wants to see anyone lose their job, especially at a time like this, there should be no sentiment in football, its a results business and business is quite frankly shocking at present. Dave.
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