Following the departure of Michael Brown last week, Chris Morgan and Ned Kelly have been leading the preparations ahead of Vale’s trip to Yeovil Town this weekend.
Last time out, the Valiants drew at home to Forest Green Rovers and they will be looking to build on that with a positive result at Huish Park.
Chris Morgan admitted that the players were a bit ‘down’ on Monday morning, but he insists the group are ready to take on the Glovers this weekend.
He said: “I must admit, the lads were a bit down on Monday Morning and they would have felt a sense of responsibility as we all did.
“We got the group together and had a good chat, we spoke about a lot of things and said there now has to be a response moving forward.
“As a collective group of players, with a bit of guidance, it is now up to them where they want their season to go.”
Everyone connected with Vale will be disappointed with results so far, but Morgan is confident that the fortunes can be turned around sooner rather than later.
On the talent in the squad, he said: “The players are far, far better than where they are positioned right now.
“We spoke all through pre-season about it and we genuinely feel that we have a group that could compete at League One level, never mind League Two.
“Some people may doubt that, but that’s what we feel. For one reason or another, results haven’t been as good as expected.
“We as a group of staff and mainly the players, it’s now up to us to change that. All week we have tried to instil, as we always have done, some organisation along with the will for them to express themselves.”
Speaking about the role himself and Kelly will play, Morgan added: “Me and Ned have been asked to take the team short-term, to prepare them and get them ready for Yeovil.
“That’s what we are going to do. We think we have got a good squad of players and we should be in a better position than what we are.”
With Vale looking to add to their current tally of four points, the interim management duo have the task of ensuring the players are focused on the next fixture.
On that, Morgan said: “The lads have been positive, they have responded to the work we’ve been doing on the training ground and they are all now looking forward to Saturday.”