Play-offs beckon, but not automatic promotion

I’D like to view the narrow victory over struggling Lincoln City as the turning point in our topsy-turvy promotion campaign.
However, the truth is that none of us can predict which Vale team will show up at Chesterfield tomorrow.
Will it be the one which huffed and puffed and just scraped a draw against Hereford? Or will it be the one who battered high-flying Bury, but failed to score?
Or will it be an in-your-face one with some pace and attacking intent which is capable of taking the game to the league leaders?
After 45 minutes on Tuesday I dare say an awful lot of Vale fans were thinking the hangover from Jim Gannon’s ill-fated reign was going to derail the play-offs push.
But an inspired second-half performance has put us right back in the mix, and we are now kicking ourselves for hitting the woodwork so many times and not turning more draws into victories.
I can’t see us making automatic promotion, but we are good enough to make the play-offs – and I’d fancy us to win them if we do.
Right now, our hopes rest with Grewy and The Horse, who are picking a team something like our strongest (although I’d still start with Rob Taylor over Lewis Haldane).
The club needs a more experienced manager but, given the last three months, I think it is more important that we don’t rock the boat right now and that the lads feel happy and get fit again.
Off the field, I was pleased to see the appointment of a new chief executive in Perry Deakin.
For a long time now supporters have been calling for a full-time, experienced hand at the helm – someone who isn’t a member of the board.
It will be interesting to see how Deakin goes about putting his stamp on things.
Sadly, as he has been appointed by an unpopular board, there is a danger he won’t be given a fair crack of the whip by some fans.
Personally, I wish him all the best as he has a very tough job on his hands.
As for the packages of offal sent to the wives of directors this week, words fail me. It is simply indefensible.
However, it would be wrong to imply guilt by association to the Black and Gold campaign because of the deplorable actions of a few idiots.

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