If matters have been unsteady on the pitch, then they have been more than unstable off it, with a change of manager, financial concerns, protests from the club's supporters and a general sense of pessimism around Vale Park.
Season ticket sales for 2009/10 have been slow to date, but with possible investment from Harlequin Property on the horizon, there could soon be reason for optimism in ST6.
Bratt said in The Sentinel: "In my view, changes are essential, both on the board and on the field of play. Whether that be players and management, I think we need a sea change. Everyone knows how difficult it has been this year with a board of nine people."
He added: "I apologise to the fans because we haven't achieved what we set out to. The club's facilities have improved, but you can't lose sight of the fact we are a football team and, more than anything else, should perform on the pitch. It is a massive relief to get the season over after the dismal campaign we have had."