Port Vale And Plymouth Argyle: Money Men Updates

For what seems like longer than the three months for which it has actually been happening, fans of Port Vale have been bombarded with promises of multi-million pound investment by ironically-labelled ‘secret millionaire’ Mo Chaudry. His interest in football has been intermittent. He claims to have rediscovered his love for the game in recent years, after falling out of love with it in the 1980s. Safe to say, then, that this love for the game is NOT inversely proportional to the money to be made from it. But Vale fans are stuck, as the club is drifting towards the financial abyss under a board of directors for whom self-preservation appears a higher priority than financial sustainability and on-field progress. ‘Valiant 2001’, the ‘fan’s consortium’ which has been running/ruining the club (delete as applicable) since… er… 2003, have been ‘looking’ for investment for years, so long as that investor doesn’t have any fancy ideas of taking any of the board’s power away. With each passing refusal of help, they have attracted increasing cynicism and opprobrium from a fanbase which can also detect a drift to what is still (wrongly) seen as the ‘abyss’ of the Blue Square Bet Premier League. Into this sea of despair has swum successful local businessman Mo Chaudry, VERY publicly indeed. His practical experience of the game would leave a lot of spare space on the...

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