Jump to content

Recommended Posts

If John is reading this then Sting would like to let him know that the situation at the moment is being closely monitored. That is all Sting will say on this subject at the moment but Port Valers can certainly be assured that Sting is here and watching closely.

 

Every single day, and every word you say, every game you play, every night you stay, Sting is watching you.

  • Like 3
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 503
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Thought I’d start this thread so it doesn’t get lost in the match threads. Some of our fan base this season has been an embarrassment, calling for Askey to be sacked. We need to take a step back,

The owners trust Askey with the task.  That's good enough for me.

Bollox. If you mean 80/90% of posts, you may be close to the mark, but the vast majority of those posts were made by the same half dozen who pop up vociferously whenever we lose. You've fallen into th

19 hours ago, Biddulph_PV said:

I have a touch of double think here, as you and @rayzermake two very good yet totally opposite arguments both of which could well be true.

If I was a betting man I’d say Carol would err on the side of caution, if for no other reason than I think our current form has kiboshed any hopes of automatic promotion and probably the play-offs.

We are far too predictable and leaky and more likely to lose than get a result at the moment, whereas last year it felt we were more likely to win than drop points.

That said, I think if we were to lose another 4 games between now and January, she might have to make a decision. I do know that relegation is not in the business plan.

I can’t really slate the transfer business as I thought the continuity would be a good thing. Plus the market was a bit weird this summer, but I sensed we were trying to be a bit clever, hoping there would be a deluge of quality players all scrambling for contracts allowing us to pick up a bargain at the last minute, yet we ended up with McKirdy (who may yet come good) and Robinson. Was this because of internal or external budget constraints (or both)?

I did state that I wasn’t bothered whether Smith stayed or went, and my concern was around whether we’d blown a lot of our budget retaining him that would have been better spent on a striker or attacking midfielder. I thought Rodney would be a hit and likewise Robinson as he - like Calvin Andrew - seemed to flourish after leaving Vale under different managers, which I thought might be the result of the sterile stuff we were playing at the time. Well so far I’ve be totally wrong on the latter - Robinson has not looked interested in the slightest - and am still to be convinced on the former.

It’s all a tad confusing at the moment and the summer optimism seems a distant memory with it all seeming very quiet at the club.

Totally confusing!

For the record, I thought we'd finish 5th with the squad we have. I still think the team is capable of challenging for the playoff spots. However the two spots that concerned me over the summer and still do are the centre-back and striker roles. I don't really get the strategy with those two, given that our best options for both are 35 years old, and the player that holds it all together in goal and central midfield are also in their mid-thirties. I get that Askey thought Cullen or Robinson would step up, but in hindsight neither of them seem suited to the way we play. Would it have been better to find a new Pope than try something different? We should be able to change style or play, but we haven't really so far. All a bit worrying.

As for Askey, I think making a move in January will be too late to make an impact on this season. I don't think it's too late to turn it around at this point, but it would require acting quickly. You're probably talking about making a move after the Colchester game (at the latest) in order to try and save this season if Carol doesn't think Askey can turn it around, and you need to have a name in mind to bring in. It has to be said, that whilst Carol obviously seems to like John Askey, she didn't hire him. There's something to be said for that, she has no ties to him. I remember her saying she got pretty frustrated with the football and results under Aspin. So in many aspects, she feels like us (Hopefully more rationally than some!). I just don't see him having much longer, he's not achieving what he was expected to.

 

 

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, blackdog said:

I thought it was Maynard we hung out for in the close season, not Vaughan, who I thought was a Bradford City player on loan at Tranmere last season and then obviously he signed a contract with Tranmere in the summer.

Fair point, I should pay more attention. What happened to Maynard anyway?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good evening fellow Valiants,

Leaving Mr Askey in his position until January would be too late, and we would be condemned to a season of misery. A season that would be on par with a meal I once had in the Charnock Richard Service Station back in 2004.

One won't go into the full details, however, I still can't bring myself to eat a Lasagne to this day.

To sort our current issues out down in Burslem Town, Mrs Shanahan needs go down to Mr Askey's office, bang on the door and shout "Hey Jonny, YOU'RE FIRED!"

All the very best,

Jeff.

 

Edited by Jeff.
  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25 minutes ago, Rampant Zebra said:

Fair point, I should pay more attention. What happened to Maynard anyway?

No problem ......A friend who does know, said a deal was close and the Vale were prepared to push the boat out and at the very last minute Mansfield came in with an unbelievable eye watering offer that blew us out of the water, with all sort of bonus' 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Advert:


6 hours ago, Rampant Zebra said:

Did anyone see James Vaughan play for Tranmere against Brackley? We spent a lot of time chasing him in preseason but he looked totally disinterested against them. John Askey is no doubt aware that we need a proven goalscorer, but so is every other manager in the league. 

Vaughany was perhaps saving himself until tonight?🤔

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Davebrad said:

Were not those"10 regulars" the ones who got us to one place of the play-offs when the season ended 2020?

Also we were going for the 5th consecutive win, now we've been 5 consecutive losses, and the pivotal game was Kings Lynn, so could Askey have upset the team with his post match chat, and they are now repaying him...

The point is that he’s not signed them so who/what’s he scouting?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The problem is we dont pay the going rate for a top quality striker we have a mid table budget and people are surprised that we are a mid table team. There's always teams that achieve more than what they should and that was us last year

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 hours ago, Jeff. said:

Good evening fellow Valiants,

Leaving Mr Askey in his position until January would be too late, and we would be condemned to a season of misery. A season that would be on par with a meal I once had in the Charnock Richard Service Station back in 2004.

One won't go into the full details, however, I still can't bring myself to eat a Lasagne to this day.

To sort our current issues out down in Burslem Town, Mrs Shanahan needs go down to Mr Askey's office, bang on the door and shout "Hey Jonny, YOU'RE FIRED!"

All the very best,

Jeff.

 

Cheers Jeff.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Advert:


23 hours ago, Norfolk Enclue said:

Completely agree Joe. Personally relieved to have this Tuesday night off. I earlier alluded to what you suggest in this post regarding a full week off. It has felt like "hammer blow after hammer blow" with poor John well and truly on the ropes, unable to get to his corner for a breather. I hope, like you that a week of training away from a competitive game will help "sort things out". I'm doing my best to stay hopeful and try to look out for posts by Werstayinup who is positivity personified. UTV

Thank you

I just dont see the point in being downbeat,there is to much going on in the world for that.... what happens happens,here you go for positivity i think we are due to wallop somebody and i can see that coming on saturday with a bit of luck

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
22 hours ago, blackdog said:

No problem ......A friend who does know, said a deal was close and the Vale were prepared to push the boat out and at the very last minute Mansfield came in with an unbelievable eye watering offer that blew us out of the water, with all sort of bonus' 

And so far he's scored less league goals than Devante Rodney!!!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For me the disappointing thing is that we were in for Maynard at all. We should have been pushing the boat out and getting in a striker that is under 30 years of age, preferably under 25. This is more than likely Pope's last season and I am certainly glad that we will not be looking to replace him and Maynard in May. I don't know who thought that Rodney was worth a three year contract and would hopefully make a profit on him but whoever it was should be speaking to some rugby clubs because I think the only way he would be making a future in sport is with the oval ball where he could use his speed and power while holding the ball because I don't think he will ever be able to co-ordinate his feet and a ball successfully for the professional game.

And don't get me started on Robinson.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Advert:


On 01/12/2020 at 17:34, Sting said:

If John is reading this then Sting would like to let him know that the situation at the moment is being closely monitored. That is all Sting will say on this subject at the moment but Port Valers can certainly be assured that Sting is here and watching closely.

 

Every single day, and every word you say, every game you play, every night you stay, Sting is watching you.

Don't Stand So Close To Me.

#StaySafe 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Reporting Posts and Ignoring Users

    Moderators don't read everything. Don't assume we'll spot rule breaking (e.g. personal abuse) - use the orange report button above a post to alert them.

    If you can't get on with another forum user you can select the "ignore" option. Simply click on the link below, type in their username and save - Click here




×
×
  • Create New...