Neil Aspin says experienced Port Vale midfielder will move into coaching role

Port Vale manager Neil Aspin says veteran midfielder Danny Pugh will take on board more coaching duties following the departure of Gary Brabin.

Brabin’s departure to Blackpool was confirmed earlier this week and Aspin told the media: “I am going to involve Danny Pugh more in the coaching side of things. He is a player I respect and he wants to develop into a coaching role and this is a good opportunity for him.

He will be taking more sessions and be more involved. I think he is somebody that can certainly help with things on the pitch…

“So, he will be taking more sessions and be more involved. I think he is somebody that can certainly help with things on the pitch.

“I didn’t know him before I came to the club although I knew of him, obviously, and knew people who knew him. He is a good professional and is somebody who could possibly fit into that role.

“He will work with the reserves but we will bring him in with the first team now and he can help with the first team. He has good experience, he is well respected by the players and he will certainly be given an opportunity to do more work on the coaching side.”

Pugh, 35, joined the Valiants in January 2017 and has made 52 appearances, scoring two goals.

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