Bruno Ribeiro’s Port Vale future appears to be on a knife edge

Bruno Ribeiro’s Port Vale future appears to be on a knife edge

Owner Norman Smurthwaite has given the strongest indication yet that manager Bruno Ribeiro could be set to depart Vale Park.

The manager’s future came under intense scrutiny following the 4-0 defeat at Wimbledon especially after owner Norman Smurthwaite demanded that the club be in contention for promotion by the New Year.

If that doesn’t happen then I will feel I have been a little bit hoodwinked and obviously my view of the horizon might be somewhat different…

Smurthwaite told BBC Radio Stoke: “We have two home games and he will be the manager for both those home games. I am expecting his friends who in part got him the job – Mourinho, the manager at Wednesday and Karanka, in their glowing references in the time I was interviewing for a manager – they now have to step up and actually deliver what it is I am told is going to happen.

“That is some Grade A players to complement and take us forward.

“If that doesn’t happen then I will feel I have been a little bit hoodwinked and obviously my view of the horizon might be somewhat different than if that does happen.”

 

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