Port Vale: Micky set for Tuesday talks with squad
MICKY Adams will hold talks with his players next week as he begins to shape Port Vale's squad for next season.
The Valiants end their campaign at Oxford tomorrow (3pm), but that won't be the end of the manager's hard work.
Adams has 20 players out of contract in the summer and will make a decision over their futures on Tuesday.
"Once we have got the Oxford game out of the way, I will sit down with all of the players," he said.
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"They'll find out if they'll be staying or going, and we'll take it from there."
Adams fears half of his current squad could leave, but said he hoped the players he wanted to stay would pen new deals.
"I like to think we have created an environment where players enjoy working," he said, "and the players understand what we are trying to do.
"If I was a player here and I saw a new chairman coming in, promising funds for players to mount a serious promotion challenge then I would want to stay.
"It has been a long time since the club had success and maybe next season could be our year."
Of those who won't be offered new deals, Adams had comforting words.
"Whether you are successful or not, there are always casualties at football clubs, it is inevitable," he explained.
"You can't always keep everyone you want to keep.
"It's not nice sometimes, telling people they have no future with you, but it has to happen to make sure the club evolves."
One man whose future has already been decided is coach Geoff Horsfield, who will quit the club after Saturday's final game of the season.
Horsfield, aged 38, has decided to pursue new business interests.
"I'm disappointed he's going, but pleased for him," said Adams. "We'll miss him."