New manager deserves a chance

THE appointment of a new manager, under whatever circumstances, is a tricky business.
The sheer number of managerial casualties tells its own tale of how the expectations of fans and directors are rarely met.
There will be a fair few cynics with regard to Jim Gannon’s arrival at Vale Park.
Much of their scepticism will be based on memories of Gannon as a player and manager of other teams, and because of his colourful reputation.
Others still will be disappointed because they had their own man in mind to replace Micky Adams.
I say give the bloke a chance. He deserves a huge welcome to Vale Park on Tuesday night, and I’ve no doubt he will get it.
Whatever has gone before, Gannon is now our man and I can see plenty of positives about this appointment.
Last week, I asked for an appointment to be made quickly. It has been.
I also said I felt the new gaffer needed to have a proven track record at this level. Gannon ticks that box.
His knowledge of the lower leagues and his contacts within the game could also prove crucial as we look to bolster the squad for a promotion push.
I’m not overly concerned about Gannon’s bust-up with Gareth Owen during their days together at Stockport.
Anyone who has seen Vale over the last 12 months will know Owen is the lynchpin of the team, and no manager worth their salt would let an old disagreement prevent them from picking a bloke whose experience and physical presence is key to our impressive defensive displays.
The fact Gannon has been given an 18-month contract also makes perfect sense.
Vale are in a decent position to go on and achieve promotion, and the new manager will then have the summer and the whole of next season to reshape the squad to his liking – whatever league we are in.
We have to be realistic. His first game in charge, a tricky FA Cup tie at Burnley, should be seen for what it is – an opportunity to earn some much-needed money.
A draw and a replay at our place would be the ideal outcome, but should we get tonked it would be no great drama.
No, the real work for Gannon begins next week with our game against struggling Hereford United.

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