The Sentinel newspaper reports that Tony Fradley has stepped down as chairman of Port Vale with owner Norman Smurthwaite returning to the role.
Fradley steps down after a twelve month spell in the role.
However, Smurthwaite says he will not be returning to day-to-day activities at the club and will be leaving those in the hands of CEO Colin Garlick.
Smurthwaite told the newspaper: “Tony paid a fee to represent the club at away games and greet clubs in the boardroom.
“Since I stepped down I have not been involved in the day to day running of the club, unless I have been asked to get involved, for example with the Ricky Miller deal.
“My relationship is more with the manager than the running of the club, other than stadium maintenance.”