Date: 6th March 2012 at 11:17am
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With the Stoke-on-Trent city council yet to make their decision on whether to place the Vale into administration, Perry Deakin has taken the opportunity, much like Mike Lloyd, to lay the blame for the club`s woes elsewhere. Speaking on BBC Late Kick Off and in an exclusive interview with Mike Baggaley in The Sentinel Deakin admits to some regrets, while claiming that former chairman Bill Bratt left him in an impossible situation on his arrival in the Potteries.

Much like the tiresome Lloyd, Deakin claims that increasing policing costs and the Starve em Out campaign contributed heavily to the club`s financial problems this season. Though he pinpoints Bratt`s role in selling him a false picture of the true state of the club and for leaving Vale perilously close to administration back in August. Thank God for that increased commercial revenue than, eh. Interestingly, Deakin does accept some blame for the chaotic Blue Sky Investment deal, stating that he, along with his fellow directors, got ‘carried away` with the proposed deal. ‘As a board we will look back on the Blue Sky announcement and everything that involved it, and there will be some regret that we allowed ourselves to be carried along on a wave of optimism because we felt it was a great deal. I am desperately sorry that we are where we are. I have to hold my hands up and say we made some errors as a board, me included.”

A decision made before tonight`s game with Burton Albion would certainly help boost the attendance, though the players and staff need the support of the Vale faithful more than ever at this increasingly difficult time.