New Port Vale manager John Askey has claimed that “it’s been a pleasure to be apart of Port Vale again” before taking charge of his first home game against Morecambe on Saturday.
Askey, who was at the club at youth level in 1982, has so far enjoyed his return to the club since being announced as manager 11 days ago.
He said: “I’m very much looking forward to my first home game in charge. Coming into training every day, it’s been a pleasure.
“There has been a good atmosphere here and it’s been a pleasure to come in every day and work with the players. They’ve worked hard.”
While Askey is looking forward to being unveiled in front of the home fans, he is also focused on the task at hand with their opponents four points behind Vale in a relegation struggle. The Valiants currently sit in 20th position in EFL League Two.
“Morecambe will be a tough team; they’re fighting for their lives. They’ll be looking at this game as vital for themselves so it’s the same for both teams.”
He added: “Both teams need the points and we have to show that we want it more than they do.”
His side now face a tough run of fixtures; playing three games in seven days and Askey has expressed how playing in front of a home crowd will be important to the team.
He said: “It’s important that we do well at home, in front of the home supporters and make this a hard place for people to come.
“Your home form is always the key. It’s the key to get promotion and it’s going to be the key for us to be where we want to be next season.”
Manager John Askey also paid tribute to World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks who passed away at the age of 81 on Tuesday.
Reminiscing about the football legend, Askey said: “I saw him when I was younger. He was world class.
“If you mention the 1966 team, Gordon Banks is one of the first names that comes to mind. He was a fantastic goalkeeper and with my brief encounters with him, he was a lovely man as well.
“He was very down to earth, and he’ll be sadly missed throughout the country, especially in this area where people thought a lot of him.
“He was seen as a world class goalkeeper and a world class player. He was also a decent person and he did a lot for the area, so he’ll be sadly missed.”
Port Vale face Morecambe at Vale Park at 3pm on Saturday.