Port Vale: Supporters demand answers from Valiant board
PORT Vale supporters are demanding that Valiants’ chairman Peter Miller, vice-chairman Mike Lloyd and chief executive Perry Deakin attend a public meeting to address fans’ concerns about the club.
The move comes after the Vale board admitted that part of the £5m investment from American firm Blue Sky International has run into trouble.
At a stormy Vale Supporters’ Club meeting last night, fans voted to demand Miller, Lloyd and Deakin answer key questions about the Valiants’ dealings.
They want details about the agreement with Blue Sky International and the board’s running of the club.
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The supporters’ club wants the meeting in the next 10 days. In the meantime, it has suspended plans to appoint a fans’ representative to the Vale board of directors.
The Vale board had agreed to a fans’ representative, but the supporters’ club is refusing to press ahead until concerns have been addressed.
Pete Williams, the chairman of the supporters’ club, said fans had become frustrated by lack of information from the club.
Speaking after the meeting at Tommy Cheadle’s bar, on the Vale Park site, he said: “There were very strong feelings against the board. I think the main reason supporters are so upset is because they don’t feel the club is being open enough with them.”
The club announced on Tuesday, via a statement on its website, that a £150,000 share investment from Blue Sky had stalled because of ‘contractual issues’.
But some supporters at last night’s meeting were furious that the club had only promised to give a detailed account of their dealings with Blue Sky at the shareholders’ annual meeting, which has been put back from December until February.
Speaking at last night’s meeting, supporters’ club vice chairman Dave Thorley said it was important the Vale board gave fans answers.
He said: “We need facts because everything is conjecture at the moment. We need answers from the board.”
The supporters’ club also voted to approach North Staffordshire businessmen Mo Chaudry and Mark Sims to see if they would renew their interest in taking over the club.
Meanwhile, former Vale board member Stan Meigh has revealed he withdrew manager Micky Adams’s proxy to become a director.
Adams became a director in June to give the club a fully-functioning four-man board after Meigh and Peter Jackson were voted off the board by shareholders. However, the Vale boss made clear he had no interest in getting involved in the club’s politics.
Meigh provided Adams with the £50,000 share backing required to become a director, but withdrew that before Adams stepped down on November 6.
Meigh said last night: “I withdrew Micky Adams’s proxy because I thought it was better for him to concentrate on football.”
Meanwhile, the supporters’ club has announced plans to unveil the Roy Sproson Statue on December 17.
The £65,000 tribute to the Valiants’ legend is being erected outside the main entrance at Vale Park.