Port Vale chairman rubbishes Aspin link

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Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has denied speculation linking him with an approach for Town boss Neil Aspin.

Smurthwaite said he knew nothing about reports in the national press which claimed Aspin was his number-one choice to replace Micky Adams, with whom contract talks were said to have stalled.

Smurthwaite told the Stoke Sentinel: “I’d not heard of him, and I don’t mean to offend supporters or anyone by saying that. I have not spoken to him and haven’t spoken to anyone about any other manager during my tenure.

“I haven’t spoken to an owner, a manager or a ball-boy about a new manager.

“Micky and I have a gentlemen’s agreement and I think, all things being equal, he will be manager next year.

“Micky wants to look at what the budget is for next year. By the end of March we should be in that position and I can give him my best estimate.

“Micky has never had that situation before. He has been parachuted in and not been able to make that sort of informed decision. If Micky chooses not to accept the offer at the end of the month then I would have to look for a Plan B, but at the moment I don’t have one. I want Micky to stay.”