Port Vale: Crawley move is not for me, says Richards
MARC Richards says he has no interest in joining Crawley Town, despite the promotion hopefuls lining up a move for the striker.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council yesterday applied to put Vale into administration – prompting the Sussex side to check out Richards's availability with the club.
But as manager Micky Adams revealed that fans have dug deep to help his unpaid players, Richards expressed his own desire to fight on in Burslem.
"There has been quite a lot of talk and Crawley are hoping we go into administration so they can go straight to the administrator and thrash out a deal," said 12-goal top scorer Richards, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
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"But I told the gaffer that I'm happy at Vale and, despite not being paid, I want to stick it out and see my contract through for as long as possible.
"If the administrator says he wants me to leave, then that's out of my hands.
"Until then, I'm firmly a Vale player and as long as the manager's here then I'm happy to stay."
Adams, who guided Vale to a 3-0 win against Burton last night, says he has been heartened by fans' support during the troubled times.
Club staff weren't paid their monthly wages as planned last week, which has led to supporters dipping hands in their pockets to offer financial assistance.
"The supporters were terrific and really got behind us," added Adams.
"One lady gave me a cheque for £300 to put in the players' pool to buy some petrol for the lads.
"I got another letter with a £100 cheque enclosed.
"This is a working-class area and these people don't want their football club to die. They were fantastic gestures.
"The city council have done the right thing because they don't want the club to die because it's too important to the area."
Richards, pictured left, opened the scoring last night, before Louis Dodds' late double sent the majority of the 5,197 crowd home happy.
"I'm especially proud of the players," added Adams.
"I wouldn't say the announcement knocked the stuffing out of the players, but there were a lot of disappointed people.
"It's a real kick in teeth on the football side, but we've got to get on with it.
"The fans will have been proud of the lads' performance."
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