Port Vale: Defiant Adams vows to 'ride out storm'
MICKY Adams insists Port Vale will continue to focus on their quest for League Two promotion, despite the club seemingly being on the brink of going into administration.
An unpaid tax bill has prompted the Football League to impose a transfer embargo on the club which prevented midfielder Chris Birchall from playing in Vale's 2-1 win at Northampton on Saturday.
Should Vale go into administration they would be hit with a 10-point penalty which would effectively end their promotion hopes.
But while acknowledging the problems facing the club, Adams says his job was to keep the players focussed.
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Saturday's success means they now trail the top-seven play-off places by just three points, and Adams said: "There are problems, but my job is to keep the players away from it all as best I can.
"All I want the players to do is keep focussing on results, performances and keeping themselves right. The off-field stuff will sort itself out.
"It's a storm at the minute and we've got to ride it out.
"These are tough times, but the players are the most important people at the club other than the supporters.
"They are giving everything for the cause and they really have to be congratulated."
Vale prevailed at Sixfields thanks to Johns McCombe's early headed goal and Sean Rigg's second-half strike. Adebayo Akinfenwa hit the hosts' late consolation goal.
The embargo meant former LA Galaxy star Birchall was prevented from making his second debut for the club after rejoining them on a month-to-month deal.
"I didn't envisage that Chris would not be with us because of a transfer embargo," added Adams.
"I don't want to comment on the conversations that I have with the powers-that-be.
"All I will say is that I was given the go-ahead to sign Chris, but there is a transfer embargo placed on us because we've not paid a specific bill."