Boss faces problems head on
Micky Adams says the only way the team and individual players can start to get back to their former selves is to work hard at it and face things head on.
The Vale boss said:“The way you get yourself out of a crisis of confidence individually is when things are not going well for you, you have to get back on the ball and work your way through it.
“There’s no other way to do that. You can’t do that by hiding and you can’t do that by taking short cuts in training or not making that run on a match day. We have got to be brave and stick together.
“I have seen the billboards that the players are all behind me and that’s great. I have never doubted that for a moment but obviously there are people that will make stories and invent stories.
“Even the Chairman asked me about the stories that were saying I have lost the dressing room. Well I don’t exactly know what ‘losing the dressing room’ means.
“The same group of players are fully committed to me, to the football club, themselves and the supporters and I am sure results will turn.”
The problems the club encountered in midweek with the incident involving midfielder Ryan Burge on Twitter were well documented, but first and foremost on the manager’s mind is Saturday’s game against York City.
He said: “To be honest I haven’t spoken to him. We have got another game on Saturday and it has come around quickly and we have got a free week next week.
“Ryan has had a good season and I think everyone can see that, but there is ways and means of criticising anybody and we have a policy at this football club that they don’t criticise the team or individuals or anybody connected with the football club through Twitter.
“That is a policy that has been laid down and I think in the cold light of day Ryan would understand why everybody at the club is disappointed with him.
“I wouldn’t want to cut my nose off to spite my face - we have got as game on Saturday and he will be in the squad and if I get the opportunity, I will sit down with him next week.”