First things first… that was a very welcome three points yesterday and something of a vindication for Micky Adams that his loan signings were both on target to break our run of games without scoring.
That good news aside, however, a very dark cloud remains over Port Vale at present. Otherwise known as the board of directors.
Despite a raft of damning revelations which have shown Messrs Deakin and Miller – and by association Lloyd and Oliver – to have misled shareholders and supporters, these lot are refusing to step down.
After all, it’s not all the fans who want them to resign is it? According to Mr Miller: “It’s a couple of people saying it without having all the information.”
I think he may have been referring there to myself and Gary Benson, creator of Portvaleonline and a Supporters’ Club Committee member.
Flattered as we are by this remark, I don’t think the chairman is correct.
Indeed, I know of a group of supporters who confronted the club’s bosses at Dagenham yesterday and presented them with ‘Monoperry money’ from the ‘Bank of Pinocchio’.
I also of know 600 fans (that number is growing) who have signed up to a Facebook petition calling for the entire board to step down.
I know of hundreds who voted in an online poll on fans’ forum Onevalefan – the vast, vast majority of whom do not support the current board.
I know that I personally have had dozens of emails from Vale supporters of all ages and backgrounds who are appalled at the way in which the club is being run.
These include multi-millionaire local businessman Mo Chaudry – who is angry as the rest of us – and former Vale directors.
I know The Sentinel has received many letters from its readers saying the same sort of things.
I know that Tim Hollinger, CEO of Ameriturf, Hank Julicher, CEO of Blue Sky International, and Steve Leighton of the Gol Illuminado foundation in the States all feel they have been misled and let down by the current board of directors at Port Vale FC.
I know because I’ve spoken to them all.
I know the newspaper I work for published a strongly-worded ‘leader column’ last Thursday. Basically, that was the voice of The Sentinel itself saying to the board: ‘Get yer coats, lads.’
So Mr Miller might want to think again when he claims that it’s just a couple of people who want him and his cronies out.
I’m damn sure that come the AGM – or EGM if we have to push for one – Messrs Miller and Deakin will find out in no uncertain terms where they can shove their new era of openness and transparency.
Tomorrow night at Burslem WMC the various groups, working under the umbrella of Port Vale Supporters’ Club, will plan their next moves in consultation with fans.
Make no bones about it – it’s going to be a long, cold winter for the board of directors until they do the decent thing and leave our club.
Messrs Miller and Deakin can talk all they want about ‘common business practice’.
In Boslem, if you tell someone you’ve ‘purchased’ something they think you’ve paid for it.
In Tunstall, if you tell someone you’ve secured an £8 million investment for Port Vale they think that’s money coming into the club’s bank account. Call us old fashioned, like.
The Vale board may be surprised to learn that we fans can use fancy words too and we’re perhaps not as daft as they think we are.
Too many false statements, broken promises and misleading comments to count have come out of Port Vale in recent months for this board to ever be trusted again.
Interestingly, despite all the bluff and bluster, the powers-that at Vale Park are still refusing to answer questions from fans which I handed to them on December 1. This is an insult to us all.
This board has shown no evidence of bringing any money into the club and no work has begun on any of its much-vaunted projects.
FACT: Deakin and Miller used shares they hadn’t paid for (and which Blue Sky hadn’t paid for) to vote themselves on to the board.
FACT: The Blue Sky deal has been dead since October – the club just pretended it wasn’t as they desperately tried to rekindle the relationship with Hank Julicher via an intermediary.
It seems to me that the entire Blue Sky deal was ‘a vision’. Basically, it was up to the club to find the millions of pounds worth of funding to make various projects happen and then Blue Sky might chuck some money our way.
Whatever the story, the credibility of the club’s directors is shot to such an extent that even if they showed me a bank statement I wouldn’t believe them anymore. And I dare say I wouldn’t be alone.
My message to Messrs Deakin, Miller and Lloyd is simple: ‘Leave now. We are not interested in having another director foisted on us from outer space to replace Glenn Oliver. We want our club back sooner rather than later. This is a battle you cannot win.’