Let’s stick together and finish the job

Vale manager Micky Adams.

Vale manager Micky Adams.

It’s amazing what a difference a win makes: How, a clean sheet and a couple of goals can reinvigorate supporters and inspire some optimism.

This time last week there were some, probably a minority, calling for Micky Adams to be sacked. Perhaps some still are.

But to have given the manager the boot with eight games remaining and us sitting in the automatic promotion spots wouldn’t have made any sense at all.

Not to me, at any rate.

If we get to the end of the season, don’t get promoted and then our new owners want to discuss the manager’s future with him behind closed doors then fine.

But you don’t sack your manager when you’re third in the table. Unless, of course, you’re owned by a Russian billionaire.

Yes, our form of late has been poor. Yes, the manager has to take some responsibility for team selections and tactics that haven’t paid off.

Yes, in an ideal world we would all have hoped the Ryan Burge Twittergate incident could have been handled differently.

I, for one, just want to see the lad who has been a key component of our successful midfield back in the team ASAP.

But for all of the disappointment and frustrations of the last month or so, we still find ourselves handily placed for the run-in.

When times get tough then that is when the manager, the player and the club itself need our support.

That’s when we need to take a step back and get some perspective.

That’s what Norman Smurthwaite provided with his calm assessment of the situation and rallying cry to fans this time last week.

Twelve months ago we were in administration and had you told Vale fans back then that in a year’s time we’d be second in the table most would have laughed.

Had you told most supporters that we’d have new owners who would have increased the wage budget for players by 40 per cent they would have scoffed.

We are in good shape and it is still all to play for this season. Let’s stick together and finish the job.

Let’s forget about the teams around us and forget about winning the league. That would just be a bonus.

Finishing in the top three and avoiding the lottery of the play-offs has to be our priority.

Seven cup finals: That is how we have to approach the remaining games – starting tomorrow with what, on paper, has ‘home win’ written all over it.

For all the latest Port Vale news, views and pictures pick up a copy of The Sentinel. The Weekend Sentinel on Saturday includes The Green ‘Un sports paper with extensive Vale coverage.

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