Rudge still keen to stay in football

Rudge still keen to stay in football

Former Port Vale manager John Rudge has said that he “cannot foresee football not playing a part” in his life as he prepares to leave Stoke City.

Rudge, who joined Stoke City in 1999 following a sixteen year spell with the Valiants is reported to be leaving the Potters in June.

Rudge is now 68 years old but he still feels he has much to offer once he departs the Britannia stadium.

He told the Sentinel: “The last 13 years at Stoke City has been an incredible experience – especially the last five years in the Premier League and the team playing in the FA Cup final.

“I am unsure of my future after June, but I cannot foresee football not playing a part in it.”

Rudge led Vale to three promotions, the Anglo-Italian cup final and a first trophy – the Autoglass Trophy during a managerial reign which took in 843 games.

Following Rudge’s dismissal in 1999, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Every Port Vale supporter should get down on their knees and thank The Lord for John Rudge.”




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