“He’ll always be a legend in my heart.” Port Vale fans react to Aspin resignation.

Port Vale have parted company with manager Neil Aspin.

The club announced the news via the clubs website in statements made by Aspin and the club chairman Norman Smurthwaite.

In his statement, Aspin said he felt it was in the best interests of the club that he resigned with Immediate effect to put an end to speculation regarding his future. He added, “Anyone who knows me and who knows my association with the Club as a player and now Manager will know it is a very difficult decision and one I haven’t taken lightly.”

Smurthwaite insisted he accepted Aspin’s resignation with a “heavy heart” but went on to outline how he had increased the playing budget this season without a corresponding improvement in results. He said, “We do operate in a results-driven business, and our recent results have not been what we had all hoped, and I have reluctantly now agreed to accept Neil’s resignation.”

Vale fans soon took to social media to react to the news. On the whole, they were very sympathetic towards club legend Aspin, reserving their anger for the controversial owner and chairman Smurthwaite, many questioning the timing of the decision, coming as it does with only one day left of the transfer window, giving any new manager no time to bring in fresh faces.

Here is a selection of their responses.

 

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