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Wednesday, 18 December, 2002, 12:53 GMT
Vale axe Grew
Spectators at Vale Park
Vale will need their supporters to rally round
Port Vale's assistant-manager Mark Grew has been made redundant by administrators running the troubled Second Division club.

Grew has been laid-off as part of a cost-cutting package which the administrators say is needed to save the club.

Seven members of staff have been made redundant, although chief scout Ray Williams is the only other one of manager Brian Horton's footballing backroom staff to have gone.

Former Vale keeper Grew, 44, said: "I would be lying if I said this wasn't a wrench. I've worked long and hard at this job and enjoyed 99 per cent of it.

"I'm absolutely devastated and I'm also thinking of the other people who have been made redundant.

"I said goodbye to everyone I could. They have all been friends to me.

"I went into the dressing room and shook hands with all the players, it was very emotional," Grew told the Stoke Sentinel newspaper. Youth-team coach and ex-Vale striker Martin Foyle is expected to assist Horton in running first-team affairs. Williams, another former Vale player, ends a near 30-year association with the club.

On Monday cash-strapped Port Vale had their application to go into administration accepted.

Vale are reportedly 2.4m in debt and losing around 500,000 a year and the Inland Revenue and Custom and Excise are owed 600,000.

The Professional Footballers' Association have given the administrators a loan of 34,000 to help the club on a short-term basis.

Vale are now in the hands of Ian Rose and Bob Young from accountants Poppleton and Appleby after the application was accepted by the High Court in Birmingham.


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