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Vale chairman confident in Adams

Micky Adams
Micky Adams was appointed as the new manager of Port Vale on Friday

Port Vale chairman Bill Bratt is confident that new manager Micky Adams can bring success back to Vale Park.

"It could be the most important decision we've ever made," he told BBC Radio Stoke.

"Micky is a motivator, a disciplinarian and he wants to prove that he can manage at the top level. I hope he's the man that can take us up there."

Adams was unveiled at Vale Park on Friday, following a month-long search for a successor to Dean Glover.

"It was a very difficult decision because the other candidates were excellent as well. But we've got Micky Adams and it's very good for the club," Bratt added.

"It's a marriage made in heaven. We both want the same thing. We will back Micky as much as we can.

"We know finances are tight but we're continuing to try and get funds into the club to further that aim."

The appointment of Adams has also been met with approval by the Valiants' club captain Sam Stockley.

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He told BBC Radio Stoke: "He's been successful, he's won promotion from this division before and he's managed in the Premier League.

"It's fantastic for the football club, for the area and for the playing staff.

"The board have worked really hard. They understand the situation that the club has been in, they've taken their time and that's all credit to them.

"They're trying to take the club forward, and when you have a successful manager you can attract a higher standard of player, which can only be good for the football club."

Vale finished 18th in League Two last season, and Stockley is hopeful that the squad can improve on that under Adams.

"As a team we have to learn from last season," added Stockley. "We were the 18th best team in this division and that's not good enough for a club of this size.

"Working under Micky, I think we'll thrive, and I think there's an exciting time ahead.

"I never thought that we were a million miles away, so if we can get a couple of players in, I think we'll have a very good chance."

The Vale squad will report back for pre-season training on 1 July.



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