It’s been a dramatic day at Vale Park with the release of fifteen players and joining them will be first-team coach Danny Pugh.
Port Vale FC announced the departure of the coach on their official website, shortly after the publication of the retained list.
Pugh ended his playing career at the Valiants and was thrown in at the deep end as interim manager when John Askey was sacked. He won two of the seven games during which he was in charge.
A club statement said:
Port Vale Football Club can confirm that First Team Coach Danny Pugh has today left the club.
Chief Executive Colin Garlick commented:
“Danny is of great character, a top lad and absolute gentleman. He has been a pleasure to work with. He came here as a player towards the end of his playing career and was the model professional. Since moving into his coaching role, he has been a real good link between the management team and the playing staff – everyone in the game respects Danny Pugh, I have never heard a bad word said about him because there isn’t one.
“With regard to his period in management, I think back to January when he took on that role in very difficult circumstances. I shared COVID with him in January and know how difficult that period was, even when he was suffering with the virus he was doing everything possible to prepare training sessions, plan for games and of course we were working together during the transfer window to recruit players.
“Danny is a top guy and I wish him and his family all the very best, he fully deserves it and he will always be welcome back at Vale Park.”
Everyone at Port Vale Football Club would like to thank Danny for his fantastic service and wish him all the very best for the future.