Fans’ peaceful protest ‘inevitable’- Vital Walsall

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Photo Credit: Seb Taylor

A leading Walsall supporters’ group believe Saturday’s pre-match demonstration against bosses at the Banks’s Stadium shows the fans have ‘had enough’. 

Saddlers fans held their peaceful protest before their 1-0 victory against Tranmere.

Vital Walsall believes the club cannot continue to operate in the way it is being currently run by chairman Leigh Pomlett and director of football Jamie Fullerton. 

They said: “The protest yesterday was inevitable. When new owner Pomlett took over the club, he had the chance to eradicate everything that happened beforehand, however, the same board remain in charge of the club and the same mistakes are being made.  

“There has been over ten years of decline since our days of nearly being in the Championship. It cannot continue , the fans have had enough. 

“We feel now is the time we have to stand together and fight for positive change at the club we love so much.” 

The Independent Saddlers Supporters’ Association organised the protest with the fans chanting ‘we want our Walsall back’ and even a mock coffin being placed at the door of the club shop. 

The protest comes following Matt Taylor’s sacking last week after a run of seven straight defeats. He left the Saddler’s in 21st, with relegation to the National League a real possibility.  

On Taylor’s sacking, Vital Walsall said: “You cannot lose seven games on the spin, with his final game being against a team who hadn’t won since September and who were down to ten men.  

“I feel for Taylor, and I do believe he will be a good coach away from here, we have a habit of ruining managers here with our lack of backing for them, Darrell Clarke is evident of that as he’s now got Port Vale on the fringe of the play offs.” 

Walsall fan and YouTuber Seb Taylor added: “I think it was the right decision to sack Taylor. I wanted him to succeed at Walsall in what was his first managerial job, but it just didn’t work out. 

“Director of Football Jamie Fullarton is also to blame for not backing Taylor, some of the players he has brought in just haven’t been good enough.” 

Meanwhile, Michael Flynn has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to fill the hot seat at the Banks’s. 

Flynn, who managed Newport County between 2017 and 2021, seems to be a popular choice amongst the Walsall fans. 

Vital Walsall believes Flynn would be a shrewd appointment for the Saddlers. 

They added: “Of all the names touted around for our new boss, it has to be Michael Flynn. Newport were on a downward trajectory when he took over and he got them as an established top seven side – he also got them some excitement in cup runs. 

“Whoever we appoint has to have experience and he has to have the support from the board – this is probably the biggest appointment we will ever make in our history; we cannot afford to get it wrong.” 

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