Rob Page has been confirmed as the new manager of League One rivals Northampton Town at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
Local media had reported that Page was the new Town boss 24 hours earlier and the news leaves Vale with the task of replacing their manager after an eighteen month spell in charge.
Port Vale coach Michael Brown is the early bookies’ favourite to take over from Page.
Port Vale issued a statement saying:
Port Vale can confirm that Rob Page has left the Club to take up the manager’s position at Northampton Town.
Performance Coach John Harbin will also join up with the Cobblers as part of Page’s backroom staff.
Chairman Norman Smurthwaite said: “We are disappointed at Rob’s decision to leave but we would like to thank him for his hard work over the last 20 months and wish him the very best for the future.
“The search for a new manager is already underway and we, as a club, will do our utmost to ensure the best candidate for the job is appointed.”
Goalkeeping Coach Dave Timmins will remain at the Club and midfielder Michael Brown has been added to the first team coaching staff.
Brown will assist the Chairman in the process of appointing a new manager and with player recruitment for the time being.
There will be no further comment from the Club at this time.
Rob Page’s Vale reign
- June 2009 Page first offered a player-coach at Vale under Micky Adams but he opts to remain at Chesterfield
- July 2011 Joins Vale as a coach under manager Micky Adams
- May 2012 Promoted to first-team coach after the retirement of Geoff Horsfield
- Sept 2013 Page takes temporary control as Adams undergoes a knee operation
- July 2014 Promoted to assistant manager
- Sept 2014 Appointed caretaker manager after Micky Adams’ resignation
- May 2015 Signs a two-year contract with the club
Managerial record W: 35 D: 20 L: 38 (win percentage: 37.6%)