Port Vale: Townsend no threat to Adams, says Ames

Monday, October 19, 2009, 09:09

by Steve Shaw

HARLEQUIN chairman Dave Ames insists TV pundit Andy Townsend poses no threat to the authority of team manager Micky Adams.

A deal that will see Vale's shirt sponsor invest £500,000 into the club, making them their majority shareholder, is edging ever closer to completion.

Townsend, meanwhile, is employed by Harlequin as a consultant and is currently helping them set up soccer schools at its luxury Caribbean-based resorts.

Ames has refused to rule out Townsend taking on an advisory role with Vale, or even being handed a place on a new-look board, but insists his duties would be strictly 'hands-off' when it comes to first-team affairs.

Ames said: "We go to as many games as we can and Andy enjoys coming along.

"But he would not interfere with the football side or with Micky Adams at all, nor would he become a director of football or anything like that.

"Micky has met Andy and he fully understands that he would be an adviser. But if Andy can help in any way, I know he would – he knows a lot of people in the game.

"Micky may want Andy to look at players, but he is the manager and Andy would not interfere with the team."

Townsend was at Gresty Road on Saturday to witness Vale's 2-1 victory over Crewe. He also took in the 3-1 defeat at Notts County, on September 26, before watching the 2-2 home draw with Accrington.

The 46-year-old, who is also a presenter on national radio station Talk Sport, enjoyed a long professional career playing at the top level of the English game.

He made more than 600 appearances, including 49 goals, playing for Southampton, Norwich, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and West Brom.

On the international stage he earned 70 caps with the Republic of Ireland and captained his country to the knockout stages of the World Cup in 1994.

Ames endorsed the appointment of Adams in the summer after holding talks with the Vale boss and fellow managerial candidate John Ward.

And the Harlequin boss believes their choice was justified after watching Adams turn around Vale's fortunes in League Two this season.

"We are very impressed with Micky Adams," said Ames admits. "I think we have got the right manager with the right attitude to turn the club around.

"He has brought in some good players because as in business you need people in sport who can do the job.

"Micky Adams has proved he can take us to the Championship.

"We need money to buy the right players and finish off the facilities, but we might look outside the club for other investors to help us with that."

HANDS OFF: Andy Townsend would not have any input into first-team affairs, insists Harlequin chairman   Dave Ames.

HANDS OFF: Andy Townsend would not have any input into first-team affairs, insists Harlequin chairman Dave Ames.

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