Port Vale: Adams in a race against time to bring in fresh faces
MICKY Adams says any new signings will have to show the same spirit as the players who have served Port Vale through eight months in administration.
Adams can look to bolster his squad after a transfer embargo was lifted when Paul Wildes and Norman Smurthwaite's takeover was completed yesterday.
The manager only has until tomorrow before the loan transfer window shuts – and does not want to affect the changing room too much.
He said: "We look a strong unit and hopefully now Paul and Norman have come in we can make one or two additions to our playing squad. We've got two days to bring in loan players.
"Some clubs have much larger squads than we have, but that just leaves the manager with problems, I don't like problems, I like a nice dressing room with everybody singing from the same hymn sheet."
Adams, left, hopes brighter days lie ahead for the squad, many of whom went without pay for a month due to the club's financial woes earlier this year.
He said: "I'm pleased for the players, not only for their loyalty to Port Vale, but to their team-mates as well.
"They could have quite easily walked away as Dave Artell showed in the summer, but they've stayed to be part of a club which is going places.
"I tried my best to shoulder the boys from administration and all that it entails and they've stuck together with a terrific team spirit.
"We are getting rewards I think we deserve, but there is still a long way to go."
Tom Pope scored a hat-trick last night in a 4-0 home win over Bristol Rovers which puts Vale four points off the top.
Pope became the quickest Vale player to score 20 goals in a season and Adams is not surprised it is a record. Adams said: "Tom's broken a club record, Wilf Kirkham must've been one hell of a player.
"Tom is in a rich vein of form and long may it continue. There is still a long way to go and he can't rest on his laurels, but in the form he is in at the moment he is as good as anyone in the league.
"If the players achieve anything and if Tom achieves anything it's down to the work that they've put in. I can only give them advice and however much he has taken on board, he's been working as hard as possible for the team. He's playing well and he's reaping the plaudits that go along with that."