The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MICHAEL O’CON­NOR be­lieves Port Vale have un­der­gone a mi­nor mir­a­cle un­der Rob Page as the club tar­gets a play-off place.

The Valiants’ wage bud­get is tight and chair­man Nor­man Smurth­waite, who has been try­ing to sell the club, has warned it could be slashed by 40 per cent next sea­son.

Mid­fielder O’Con­nor, 28, said:“I think the bud­get was cut a bit last year for Rob Page and Dean Glover, who helped bring in play­ers.

“I think when Rob came in he said it would be two or three years be­fore we were ac­tu­ally fight­ing in the top six. To do it in his first full year of man­age­ment is credit to him.”

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