Port Vale: Out With The Old, In With The…. Who?

On February 26th, local businessman Mo Chaudry said “administrators could be called in within two months” to League Two Port Vale. And this assessment, which appeared in the local Sentinel newspaper on February 26th 2011, found some unlikely – and probably unknowing – supporters as the old Vale Park regime finally disappeared. Former Chief Executive Perry Deakin hinted at a future as a Rory Bremner-lookalike during his short stint on the BBC’s weekly regional football magazine show Late Kick-Off on Monday, which he followed up with a long stint in the Sentinel. Meanwhile, former board colleague Mike Lloyd combined a BBC Radio Stoke interview with an appearance in the Sentinel and a rightly-aborted attempt to tell his tale at a Supporters Club meeting last Sunday. The pair sounded more co-ordinated than usual, if equally insincere. But the slivers of sense they spoke were overwhelmed by a smell of “it was not me, it was the other three.” The line was that administration, formalised on Friday, was ‘a long time coming’ rather than the current board’s fault. And Deakin claimed: “we’ve done reasonably well to get as far as we have in the season.” His thinking was: “when you start a financial year with zero in the bank and you need three-quarters of a million, then you have a problem,” which was nicely understated. This tied in with his attempts...

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