Port Vale: Successful side can help takeover bid, says Micky Adams
MICKY Adams is reaching for the top to make Port Vale more attractive to potential buyers.
The manager could see his high-flying side leap to the summit of League Two with victory over current incumbents Gillingham at Vale Park today (3pm).
And he says a spell as top dogs is only positive news in the search for a new owner, with seven parties believed to be interested.
"Being top of the table would be attractive to potential bidders," he said.
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"It would also help generate interest in other ways. We'd get more fans through the turnstiles, we'd sell more shirts, more people might come and enjoy hospitality. It all helps."
Adams remains frustrated by the apparent lack of movement in the ownership issue, and is desperate for a swift resolution.
"We're doing well at the moment, but if we still haven't got an owner when injuries and suspensions kick in, we can't go out and get players, even on a loan basis," explained Adams.
"It would certainly strengthen my position if we knew who the new owner was and which direction they wanted the club to go in."
"But I don't want players to be worried about any of that. We're doing our bit and we'll continue to do our best for ourselves and supporters. We'll leave the other stuff to the administrators."
Adams is hoping a bumper crowd turns out for today's top-of-the-table clash.
"We have a good fan base and they'll turn out when we're successful," he said.
"They were terrific at Fleetwood on Tuesday and they're enjoying it at the moment, we can tell.
"Football is an expensive business and I can understand why some fans don't attend.
"But this is an exciting time and an exciting team we've put together, so we'd like to see people coming through the doors if we can."
Adams is expecting a difficult test for his team as unbeaten Gillingham have won all three of their games on the road so far.
"They're a good team and Martin Allen is a decent manager," he said. "His teams are always well organised, they're fit and they always have a decent team spirit."
THE latest edition of Vale fanzine Derek I'm Gutted will be on sale around the ground tomorrow, priced £1.