John Rudge and Neil Aspin

Aspin “desperate” to bring success, Rudge “honoured” to return

Aspin “desperate” to bring success, Rudge “honoured” to return

The newly dubbed Port Vale “dream team” of John Rudge of Neil Aspin have been talking to the media after they were unveiled as the club’s new management team.

Former player Aspin has been appointed as manager while legendary manager Rudge will act as his mentor in a Football Consultant role.

Port Vale is a club I so want to see do well. Whatever I can do will be a fantastic honour…

A clearly delighted Aspin told the press: “You don’t spend ten years at a club without wanting to come back.

“I want to be here, I’m willing to take that risk and I want the club to get out of the situation it’s in. All jobs are difficult when you are appointed, but I’m desperate for success.”

Rudge added: “I’ve been fortunate that I had twenty years here. Port Vale is a club I so want to see do well. Whatever I can do will be a fantastic honour.”

Owner Norman Smurthwaite added: “As part of the dream team I’ve asked John Rudge if he’d come in and help Neil and myself fix a seriously fragmented club – bringing some of that historical glory to help take our club forward.”

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