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Vale chairman happy to walk away

Bill Bratt
Bill Bratt took over as chairman of Port Vale in 2003

Port Vale chairman Bill Bratt is prepared to walk away from the League Two club, reports BBC Radio Stoke.

The club are in talks with three different potential investors and he said he is ready to relinquish control.

Supporters have protested against the board in recent weeks, and Bratt said it could be potentially destructive.

"If we go, what happens? We fold immediately. If that's what they want, they could take the club down, not the board," said Bratt.

He added: "I'm quite happy to walk away from this club right now, but the banks and creditors would come in straight away, and there's no Plan B in place.

"What they are saying about me is unbelievable. If people don't know how much the board and I care for this club, there's something wrong with them.

"The ones that shout loudest are the ones that get noticed. I don't want support for me, I want support for Port Vale.

"I'm speaking from the heart. A lot of directors on the board are brassed off with what's going on.

"If they go, the club will fold. If that's what the protestors want, continue what they're doing."

The chairman also confirmed that one of the three possible investors in the club is current shirt sponsors Harlequin.

Bratt became Port Vale chairman in 2003, after heading Valiant 2001 (a Vale supporters' group) through a takeover of the club.

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