Brown given contract extension as Paataleinen is ruled out of manager role

Brown given contract extension as Paataleinen is ruled out of manager role

Norman Smurthwaite has told BBC Radio Stoke that Michael Brown has been given a contract extension and will remain at Vale Park either as manager or as assistant.

Smurthwaite, who also ruled out “consultant” Mixu Paataleinen as a possible manager says that depending on results Brown will be appointed manager or assistant to a new boss.

He has always been in my plans to have some involvement in management in the football club…

The Vale owner told the radio station: “He has been waiting for the chance. He has always been in my plans to have some involvement in management in the football club. I haven’t put a timescale on it, results will dictate the timescale, not the job itself.

“If he didn’t get the job he will remain as assistant manager. I have committed myself to that. – in fact I have signed the documentation today – and given him an extension to his contract, until at least June [2018].”

In a wide-ranging interview Smurthwaite also told the radio station that:

  • Mixu Paataleinen was at the Huddersfield game as an advisor but was not a contender to be manager.
  • That Vale may sign one of the two trialists Chris Eagles and Tom Hitchcock
  • That Colin Garlick is the club’s CEO as he takes more of a backseat role

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