Tom Pope hails new manager’s effect

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Port Vale host high-flying Swindon Town this weekend, with the visitors having the second best away record in the league.

But Vale are in some form of their own, winning their last three games.

A reason for the rise in form for The Valiants is striker Tom Pope, who has netted six in his last four appearances.

Pope has been a Vale fan since he was a child, which has helped endear himself with the Vale Park faithful.

Despite Pope’s record, he says new manager Neil Aspin has been huge for the club and the fans.

“He (Aspin) has been massive, but more so for the fans. The last three or four years it’s been hard times. There’s a bad taste in the mouths of a few when you turn up and lose games of football, there’s a lot of anger there.

“Capturing the gaffer and bringing him and his squad in, John Rudge as well, it’s give all the fans a lift and in turn, give all the players a lift.

“It’s been great for the players, training has been intense and hard, but for the fans, the feel-good factor is coming back again.”

Pope went on to speak about how much of an affect John Rudge has had at the club, claiming he is the best manager Vale has ever had and having him around the club is great for the players.

Vale fans will be hoping Pope continues his scoring form with games coming thick and fast up to Christmas.

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