I took a phone call from a Vale fan. ‘Why are you supporting Mo Chaudry’s bid?’ was his opening gambit. I had to laugh. The call came on the same day I had emails accusing me of being in the Vale Chairman’s pocket. Perception is a funny thing. I told the caller that I was supporting the Vale – rather than any one individual – end of story. We then had a good natter about the state of affairs at the club. It turned out the caller and I were in agreement on many things. What heartened me the most was that this 75-year-old lifelong Vale fan, who has never met me, was bothered enough to pick up the phone and call to express his fears and frustrations. Our supporters may be split over the future direction of the club but no-one could ever accuse them of not caring.