Smurthwaite apologises for Ribeiro decision, explains Page, Brown appointments

Smurthwaite apologises for Ribeiro decision, explains Page, Brown appointments

In a post on the OVF forum, Norman Smurthwaite has responded to questions about managers Bruno Ribeiro and Rob Page.

On Bruno Ribeiro

Ribeiro was appointed on a two-year contract in the summer but resigned on Boxing Day 2016. On his appointment Smurthwaite commented that ” I was duped and [I am] really sorry where that leaves us.”

On Rob Page

Page was Ribeiro’s predecessor at Vale Park but Smurthwaite says the former coach was only his third choice. He added: “My first and second choice did not come off when MA [Micky Adams] left so I gave the job to RP [Rob Page] and after he kept us up felt a sense of loyalty until Exeter [when Vale lost in the FA Cup]…”

On Michael Brown

Brown is interim manager and Smurthwaite said the situtation was similar to that of Rob Page. He commented: “MB [Michael Brown] is similar to RP as many of the candidates were/are waiting for that Championship offer…”

 

 

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