Port Vale new manager update: club chair Carol Shanahan has spoken to the Sentinel newspaper about the club’s search for a replacement for former manager John Askey.
Askey departed the club on January 4th and Danny Pugh has been in interim charge since then. A string of poor results has prompted criticism and calls for the club to make a speedy appointment but Shanahan says it is crucial that the club makes the right decision and won’t be rushed into an appointment.
We are talking to a small shortlist now so as soon as we have completed those discussions we will be looking to appoint…
Shanahan told the newspaper: “We are talking to a small shortlist now so as soon as we have completed those discussions we will be looking to appoint. I don’t want to set a date because I don’t want people to think there is something going wrong because we haven’t hit an arbitrary date. We are recruiting with speed not haste.”
The Vale chair says that a new manager will be in place before the end of the season adding: “What I don’t want to do is bring a manager in at the end of the season and say, ‘now you have got all this work to do and you are not established’.”
Shanahan also spelt out the requirements for the post telling the newspaper that he must bring pride in watching the team, play attractive football, be committed to developing young players and have contacts in the game to potentially bring in players on loan from Premier League and Championship clubs. The new manager will also share the club’s existing commitment to its community.
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