The clock is ticking on countdown to a new era at Vale Park

It is hard to be too critical of Sam Morsy, whose moment of madness cost us three points in mid-week.
As a young lad who has come through the ranks, he has established himself as the new enforcer following Anthony Griffith’s departure.
In that role he will always run the risk of picking up bookings and suspensions as so much of his game is physical and relies on his ability to time tackles and break-up play.
As Sam Morsy gains experience his mistakes will reduce and he won’t experience a rush of blood to the head quite so often.
Hopefully, he learned a valuable lesson on Tuesday night against Rochdale – a team, it has to be said, that won’t win any prizes for sportsmanship this season.
Morsy’s ban serves to underline just how thin our squad is and how injuries and suspensions could play a major role in our ability to sustain a promotion push.
The addition of former Shrewsbury midfielder Sean McAllister to the squad is a timely boost but the truth is we will all breathe a lot easier when the transfer embargo is listed.
Everything is now finely-balanced and, given a fair wind, Port Vale’s fortunes could improve dramatically in the next 10 days.
As I write this the Football League have everything they need to approve the takeover of Port Vale by Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite.
As usual we are playing a waiting game – but at least this time we know it’s not the preferred bidders who are holding things up.
In the wake of shenanigans at other clubs in recent years and the Keith Ryder debacle, you can understand why the Football League is taking its time to make sure the new men are fit and proper owners.
Fingers crossed its lawyers do the paperwork in time for the unveiling of the Sproson statue next Saturday – which will make the home game against York a double celebration.
Make no mistake, the preferred bidders are already in-situ – making changes and making plans and listening very carefully to what supporters have to say.
Eagle-eyed fans only have to look for the infamous broken clock in the Lorne Street, which has suddenly vanished, to know that times they are a-changing at Vale Park.


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