Stability. That’s what I want now. I’d give anything for a lengthy period of stability and continuity.
What has been achieved at Port Vale in the last 12 months is nothing short of exceptional.
The new owners, Micky Adams, his playing staff and the club’s long-suffering supporters deserve huge credit.
This remarkable promotion, which will be confirmed tomorrow, has given us all a huge lift and everyone connected with the club is understandably buzzing.
The announcement of season ticket prices has seen queues forming once again at Vale Park as we all look forward to an exciting summer.
We’ll all have opinions on who should stay and who should go, in terms of the playing staff, but first and foremost I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who has played a part in our success this season.
That includes the talented Ryan Burge, who has moved on to pastures new, Clayton McDonald, Gaz Owen and every player whose contribution has helped us secure a League One position.
When the Vale do line up for the first game of the new season at a higher level I’d like to think the squad won’t look vastly different to the one which took us up.
Yes, in my opinion, we need two quick centre halves and a playmaker – among other signings.
However, I would certainly hope the likes of Tom Pope, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Ashley Vincent, Louis Dodds, Chris Neal, Dan Jones, Adam Yates, Lee Hughes, Ben Williamson and Doug Loft will remain at Vale Park – and not leave, be released or snapped up by other clubs.
I think a healthy amount of continuity within the dressing room will be important because it means that same spirit which saw us over the line can be nurtured further by Micky Adams.
When you look at the most successful clubs in the sport, stability and continuity is at the heart of everything.
Continuity of leadership. Stability of ownership. Continuity in terms of the coaching staff. Stability in terms of the spine of the team.
I’ve been hugely impressed with the way the new owners have gone about their business thus far.
They seem to have a winning formula and I hope their unique partnership – which has won over fans on a number of levels – can continue for many years to come.
No-one knows what next season will bring but at least we won’t be worrying about not having a football club to support.
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