Next three games crucial for Gannon

BY SUCH fine margins are careers made or ended, I guess.
The hard-earned point at Wycombe – which was so nearly three – has given new boss Jim Gannon a platform on which to build.
Two weeks ago, such was the backlash from fans that you wouldn’t have got great odds on him still being around come May.
He still has some work to do to convince the nay-sayers, but they should at least have the good grace to admit we are improving.
Four points from seven against stiff opposition means the Vale are now perfectly placed to move back into the automatic promotion places.
It is overstating it to say the next three games – all at home – will make or break our season, but seven points from nine – or, dare I say it, three wins – and I reckon we will be in the top three again.
I don’t fancy the lottery that is the play-offs, so the fact top scorer Marc Richards could be back as early as the game against Bradford is a real boost at just the right time.
As is the news that defensive lynchpin Gareth Owen’s injury isn’t as bad as was first thought and he could be back within a month or so.
Fortunately, in the versatile Lee Collins and Richie Sutton, we have decent cover for the big man, although we will miss his leadership.
The only setback is the three-match suspension of play-maker Gary Roberts, who was dismissed for violent conduct while playing for the reserves this week.
It’s a crying shame because his long-range passing is exceptional at this level, and I genuinely think he could be the difference for us come the end of the season.
Of course, off-field matters continue to colour everything that happens at the club.
Petitions, black and gold scarves and anti-board protests are the backdrop to whatever happens on the park, and I can’t see that changing while the current administration remains in place.
Mo Chaudry’s bid to buy the club is the most significant development in recent years.
The problem that the board have – and they know it – is that they need a damn good reason to turn him down which doesn’t involve hiding behind the 24.9 per cent shareholding stake rule.
Hopefully, weeks of shadow boxing will now give way to substantive talks and Mr Chaudry will get a fair hearing when the two sides finally meet.


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