Mystery surrounds Vale Park


Port Vale boss John Askey has said putting three points on the board against Northampton Town on Saturday is his only focus, despite the turmoil within Vale Park.

At the weekend, Valiant owner Norman Smurthwaite, publicly announced on BBC Radio Stoke that he will refuse to put any more of his finances into the football club as of May 5th.

He also went on to say that as much as £600,000 will be needed to keep the club going until the start of next season, and despite all the turbulence surrounding the Staffordshire side, Askey only has eyes for increasing their chances of survival.

“We are not safe yet,” said the Port Vale manager.

“It’s been another good week, everybody is fit and the mood in the camp is very good at the moment.

“The main thing for us is Northampton tomorrow, and that’s all we’ve talked about.

 “I’ve said previously, what goes on at football clubs behind the scenes is nothing to do with myself or the players.

“It’s not affecting us, we were still able to train this week and do things right, so our main focus is getting results.”

Vale may only be seven points adrift from the drop zone, but League Two football is not guaranteed just yet, and Askey has stated the significance of a win at the weekend.

“All we can affect now is Saturday’s result,” added the 54-year-old.

“Like I’ve said since day one of when I came in, you just concentrate on the next game.

“We will put everything into Saturday’s game, hopefully we can continue to play good football and make chances and get a win.

“I can understand the supporters concerns, it’s their football club and they want the best for their football club, so obviously people are going to be concerned if things are said.

“A win would be a huge step towards safety, depending on results we could go 10 or 11 points clear of the relegation zone, so that would be massive at this point in time.

 “If we could get the three points then hopefully we can finish of the season really well and really strongly, because Northampton are a really good team and they’ve done really well in the last nine or 10 games.

“It’ll be a tough game, but to come away with a result would be massive for confidence and we would be another step closer to safety.”


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