Bristol R v Port Vale preview

Sochaux’s interim president Alain Courdier has played down

concerns over the Ligue 1 strugglers’ financial situation.

The club, who slipped into the relegation zone after Saturday’s

5-1 hammering against Evian, are bankrolled by car giants Peugeot

who received news last month of a record 5billion euro (?4.4bn)

loss reported by PSA Peugeot Citroen.

But Courdier told the club’s official website: “PSA’s

difficulties do not concern the club because it is financially

independent and does not rely on the group’s help.

“The difficulties throughout French and European football are

perhaps detrimental to sporting performance in the short term but

it is an economic necessity.

“We will continue in this way, while striving to improve our

(on-field) results.”

Courdier paid tribute to former president Alexandre Lacombe, who

stood down last month, but revealed a permanent successor will not

be in place until at least the end of April.

“I can only praise Alexandre Lacombe’s work,” he said. “He put

in place a structure with the right people in the right positions.

The team have the cards in their hand to succeed.

“The post will be decided by a PSA committee. A shortlist has

been drawn up with (club vice-president) Christian Peugeot and

(director) Xavier Peugeot and the choice will be endorsed by the

group at the highest level.

“In the best case, the new president will be in place in late

April or early May.”

The Irn-Bru First Division side, who last week established a

working party to help them fend off liquidation, confirmed they

owed ?129,000 in VAT and PAYE.

A club statement added: “DAFC were in discussions with HMRC as

late as Thursday afternoon to come to a solution re the repayment

of these outstanding amounts.

“It was only after DAFC called HMRC on Friday afternoon they

received confirmation that HMRC had applied for a winding-up


“DAFC have yet to be served with the winding-up order.”

The hosts are set to be without Joe Anyinsah as they look to

bounce back from a “lethargic” defeat to Chesterfield.

John Ward’s men were “a little dull” according to their manager

as they lost 2-0 to the Spireites and former Charlton winger

Anyinsah had to be withdrawn at half-time with an on-going

hamstring problem.

The issue, that saw him miss the 2-0 win over Exeter in midweek,

means he is a doubt for the midweek encounter.

Fabian Broghammer replaced Anyinsah at the break and he could be

handed a start while Ellis Harrison is pushing for a recall.

Rovers are eight points above the relegation zone.

Ryan Burge will rejoin the Valiants’ squad for the trip to


Burge has missed the last two games with a virus but the

midfielder is now over the bug and will return to contention on

Tuesday night.

With skipper Doug Loft serving the second game of a three-match

suspension and left-back Dan Jones set to stay on the sidelines

with a knee problem, Burge’s inclusion will be the only change to

the squad.

Vale are without a win in four league outings, losing three, and

manager Micky Adams is expecting a response from his players.

He said: “It has got to the point now where we have to kick back

into action and I think we’ll get a reaction.

“I’ve no negative thoughts in my mind about trying to nick a

point and steady the ship. We’ll be bold and try to win the game,

like we always do.”