Port Vale will be looking to increase their league position now after they have recently just sacked manager John Askey who was struggling to produce the form of last season and had found himself in a relegation battle with the Vale.
We have created a list of potential new managers to come in and see just how successful they could be in keeping Port Vale in the football league.
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One of the big favourites for the job is Graham Alexander who was most recently in charge of Salford City and has a successful playing career including playing for Scunthorpe, Luton, Preston and Burnley and he also made 40 caps for Scotland, so he certainly knows football. He’s been quite a good manager in his career with a win percentage of 43% and saw promotion to the football league with Salford. He is currently 4/1 to become the next Vale manager and certainly someone they should be looking at.
Next up according to the bookies is Frank Sinclair who is also an ex-pro and is currently works as head of coaching development at Port Vale so have a direct route into the manager role. Sinclair has played his football at a much higher level than Alexander as he made 169 and 164 appearance for Chelsea and Leicester in the Premier League and will be hoping to emulate that success in his management career. Sinclair is currently favourite for the job at 3/1.
And finally, another ex-pro who has also played at an even higher standard is that of Emile Heskey and is also 3/1 to become the next manager of the Vale. If appointed, this will be Heskey’s first managerial position after he has explained his desire to get into management for some time now. Heskey has scored goals everywhere he has gone, including Leicester and Liverpool and is also capped 62 times for England which is seriously impressive – if you want someone with experience playing at the highest level, Heskey might be the man for you.
Others who have been strongly linked with the post include Barnsley assistant manager Adam Murray, former Mansfield Town manager David Flitcroft, former Bradford City boss and Phil Parkinson.
If you are looking for a familiar face then former Vale managers Rob Page and Micky Adams are also apparently in the mix.
Longer shots include former Fleetwood manager Joey Barton and former England Internationals Sol Campbell, Phil Neville and Paul Ince.
Graham Alexander Image: League Managers Association