Vale turn in another below par performance
Vale arguably sunk to new depths in terms of the performance against a Stevenage side looking to consolidate their play-off place with what was a fairly comfortable win for the home side.
Vale were never at the races, with the only good news the fact that the two sides below them in League Two each failed to put points on the board.
But Vale are worryingly five points adrift of Morecambe who sit one place above them in the table and the fans believe it is imperative the owner appoints a manager this week.
Former Tranmere Rovers boss Ronnie Moore was in the crowd at the Lamex Stadium and could well be a contender for the job, but whoever the next Vale boss is will have a huge task on his hands.
It has been said that Vale have the players to take them up the table, but if that is the case, for some reason they are not showing it at the moment.
The new manager’s first task, it seems, is to address the lack of confidence, which is surely at its lowest given the results since the opening day of the season.
The earliest he would be able to bring in new faces would be in January, so he just has to get the best out of the players already at the club during the next three months.
Owner Norman Smurthwaite can’t afford to drag his feet and he will surely announce the new man well before next weekend’s home fixture against Grimsby Town.
Their supporters have witnessed first-hand their team dropping out of the Football League and although they eventually bounced back, the likes of Wrexham, Tranmere and Torquay are yet to do so.
For the record, Danny Newton’s goal, midway through the first half was enough to see the home side go in at the interval in the lead.
Stevenage took just nine minutes in the second half to double their lead, and along with it, Vale’s misery, when Jonathan Smith netted to leave the travelling supporters making their feelings known to Mr Smurthwaite, who was in attendance.
He will be under no illusion as to the importance of his next appointment – he cannot afford to get it wrong, and the club as a whole just has to make sure whoever it is gets the full backing of everybody at the club.
Dave Johnson 6TR