Marc Richards insists Championship is the target for Port Vale

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Port Vale captain Marc Richards believes everything is in place at the club for an eventual return to the Championship.

The striker added that promotion this season could be the catalyst for the Burslem club to climb through the divisions.

Marc Richards. Pic: Joe Questier

Marc Richards. Pic: Joe Questier

“Look at Port Vale as a whole,” he said. “Potential investment coming in, a fantastic manager in place, good backroom staff and the facilities which are championship quality – everything is there to make this club a championship club again.

“Then there might be a bigger budget for the manager to bring in bigger players and then you also bring in more fans each week because they will want to see Vale doing well”.

Despite these solid foundations, the Vale talisman is under no illusions that the ultimate key to success lies with the squad.

“Really it’s down to the players on the pitch to step up and get the promotions that we need,” he added. “Initially it’s about getting out of League Two then you build your momentum.”

With promotion being the key, Richards has no doubts that the returning Micky Adams is the perfect man to lead Vale’s charge.

“We have a high profile manager here at Port Vale in Micky who has been there and done it,” he said.

“He has taken teams into higher divisions, more notable when he took Leicester into the Premiership, so it definitely gives you a boost knowing you have that type of man in charge.”

Vale have had an inconsistent start to this season’s campaign. However, Richards believes these early stages give little away regarding final standings.

“I don’t think you can look into the league until after Christmas that’s when the league takes real shape. At the moment you have a lot of teams beating each other up and down the league, eventually you will see two running away with it with a smaller pack behind.

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