BUOYANT Dean Hoyle today urged fans to back Town’s ‘unbelievable’ season-ticket offer and told them: "Let’s make the Galpharm rock!"
The chairman-elect has been inundated with messages of support since the £100 deal for Town’s centenary was unveiled in the hours before Saturday’s 0-0 draw which he watched at Port Vale.
Now, he’s hoping for a bumper turnout and victory for his ‘home bow’ against Leeds United at the Galpharm tomorrow (7.45) and a flood of fans for season-tickets on Wednesday.
"We’ve had a great response to the offer, I think we can sell well over 13,000 season-tickets and this really is a chance to make the Galpharm rock next season," said Hoyle, who revealed interviewing for the new manager would start today.
"The budget for players will far exceed what it was last year and, however many season-tickets we sell, that budget for strengthening the squad will not be affected. The pot is already there.
"Money will be injected and, with the right manager in place, the right players on board in the summer and a huge following of our brilliant supporters all season, we could just be in for a very exciting time in our centenary."
Hoyle will take part in the second stage of the interviewing process from a shortlist of six, but he says the club will not be rushed.
"If we get to the end of the interviews and don’t feel we’ve got the right man available then we will wait, but we hope to have him in place before the end of the season," said Hoyle, pictured at Vale Park.
"We’ve got one chance to get this right, so if we need a little extra time to get the right man then we should take it.
"I don’t see us going to another club for someone who is already in work because that leads to compensation issues and I would rather spend money on the squad, but I think there are enough quality people around for us to drive the club forward."
Hoyle added: "We want a really great atmosphere in the stadium next season for a team playing with passion for the shirt, and we are going to give it a real go.
"The only reason I’ve become involved is because I think we can go places. I’m already delighted fans are saying they are right behind us, we’ve got a great team behind the scenes at the club and we’ve got finances to strengthen under a new manager. If we pull it all together, the centenary could be a very special year in the history of our great club, and a win tomorrow would be great as well!"