Port Vale: Players to learn fate as Adams begins planning for future
MICKY Adams is not looking forward to what he regards as one of the toughest days as a manager – but he is typically determined to tackle it head on.
The Port Vale boss will today sit down with each of his players to discuss his plans for next season.
It means telling some they have no future at the club, and Adams has never found that easy.
"It's the time of the year when you have to tell players 'yes, you are part of the plans' or 'no, you are not' and sometimes that can be very difficult," he said.
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"But I won't duck the issue. It's something all managers have to do at some point.
"It's not something I look forward to, but it's part of the job."
Adams has 20 players whose contracts expire in the summer.
Of the current crop, only Adam Yates, Gareth Owen, Doug Loft, Sam Morsy and Ryan Burge have deals which run beyond the summer.
Midfielder Anthony Griffith, plus youngsters Joe Davis and Ryan Lloyd, have contract offers on the table.
Adams fears half of his current squad could leave the club, but hopes those offered new deals buy into the prospect of a brighter future at Vale Park.
He already knows who of his current squad will be asked to stay and who will be shown the door.
"There are always casualties at football clubs," he said.
"Telling people they have no future with you is not nice, but it has to happen to make sure the club evolves."