Whether or not our threadbare squad can cope with the pressure of the run-in remains to be seen.
It goes without saying that I would love us still to be in the mix come the end of the season.
For one thing, it would provide a welcome distraction from off-the-field matters.
I also have to be honest and say that in my head every point takes us further away from a relegation scrap – should administration happen followed the subsequent points deduction.
Administration? Why am I even mentioning such an awful thing?
Because like it or not – whatever happens at the AGM/EGM – administration is a very real possibility.
You would have to be either a) plain daft or b) in denial to not realise just how serious our club’s financial situation is thanks to the spectacular failures of the current board of directors.
Think about it: The AGM has been postponed twice; The accounts haven’t been published (presumably because the directors have broken their crayons); Creditors are queuing up or issuing writs; The ground was remortgaged to help pay December’s wages; We can’t afford loan players; Staff have been laid off.
It goes on and on and on…
We may not even make it to March 13, but – if we do – it’s time for a few home truths:
1) Ordinary fans who bought shares in Port Vale need to realise their money is gone. (Unless, of course, you own enough to tempt a director to knock on your door and try to buy them off you).
Hopefully, if that happens you will tell them where to shove their pieces of silver, do what is best for your club and vote against them.
2) If, by some miracle, any of the current directors survive the AGM/EGM and act against the wishes of the vast majority of supporters, then – in my opinion – Port Vale is finished. Gates of 4,000 will dwindle even further as more fans make the ultimate sacrifice and choose to join their mates and stay away. I never thought I’d say it but I, for one, will not renew my season ticket if Mike Lloyd’s regime is still in place at the end of the season. Crucially, I won’t be alone.
Thus, Mr Lloyd, it’s a question of: You or Us. The fans were here before you and, rest assured, they will still be here long after you’ve been chased off down Hamil Road.
3) If the Supporters’ Club is successful in booting out the not-so-fab four and instituting an interim board this gives Port Vale a fighting chance financially – albeit a slim one.
Why? Because a couple of thousand extra people will immediately start attending home games again.
In my opinion, whatever happens on March 13, the current regime is finished – one way or another.
PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT ON MY PETITION ON THE PREVIOUS BLOG POST. HAVE A READ WHAT OTHER VALE FANS AND SHAREHOLDERS HAVE WRITTEN. IT WILL BRING A TEAR TO YOUR EYES. IT DID MINE. WHETHER OR NOT YOU BELIEVE YOUR WORDS WILL FALL ON DEAF EARS ISN’T IMPORTANT. IT’S ABOUT A CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF THE REASONS WHY WE, THE FANS, FEEL SO LET DOWN. IT’S ABOUT RAMMING HOME THE POINT THAT THERE IS NO WAY BACK FOR ANYONE ON THIS BOARD.
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