Former Port Vale winger Ashley Vincent has become a football manager at just 33 years of age.
Former Cheltenham Town winger Ashley Vincent joined Port Vale in July 2012 on a one-year deal and played a key part in the club’s promotion to League One. Vincent and fellow winger Jennison Myrie-Williams provided the service for striker Tom Pope who hit 33 goals that season. Vincent weighed in with a more than useful eight goals of his own and his form was such he was named the League Two player of the month for October 2012.
Sponsors nPower explained the reason for the award as “There’s been a lot of deserved praise for Tom Pope’s goal scoring record, but Port Vale are no ‘one man team’ and Ashley’s contribution this month was clearly worthy of recognition. So often the architect of goal scoring chances, we’re sure Ashley will have enjoyed his goals this month and will want more as the season progresses.”
However, after that solitary season of success with the Valiants, Vincent surprisingly opted to leave the club in the summer of 2013. Exercising his freedom of contract he was linked with a move to the SPL and Notts County before opting to re-join Cheltenham Town. Since Cheltenham, Vincent dropped into non-league with spells at Worcester City, Stourbridge and Sutton Coldfield to name but a few.
This month Vincent was installed as the new manager of Worcester City following the departure of John Snape. Vincent has coaching experience having had a spell as assistant at Cradley Town.
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Ashley Vincent at Vale Park
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Vincent appears to have a tough task at Worcester, currently in football’s ninth tier. Funds are tight as the club prepares for a new stadium and former boss John Snape says that a tight budget was one of the reasons he left. Vincent faces a tough task to succeed on a strict budget.