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Port Vale Chairman says he has no plans to sell

According to The Sentinel, Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has confirmed he has no plans to sell the club as he looks forward to a second season in League One.

Whilst Micky Adams is still in talks to see if he will remain at Vale Park next season his contract having expired, speculation that the Chairman is considering his own position at the club is wide of the mark said Smurthwaite.

He says he would listen to offers if he felt they were in the best interests of the club, but no-one of that pedigree has come forward since he took sole charge 12 months ago.
He said: "The club never was up for sale. If someone comes along with the resources and qualities to take the club forward I would consider it, or an investor of football pedigree to work alongside me."

The chairman has also reiterated that he has no plans to take on a chief executive, but believes he is now much better placed to run the club after spending much of last season 'fire-fighting' as he came to grips with his first season in charge.

That included negotiating the end of contracts which were taken on by former chairman Paul Wildes, including the Ticketmaster contract and a shirt deal with Sondico.

Vale's new home and away shirts, made by Italian firm Errea, are expected to be available from the club shop in July.



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