Port Vale parted company with manager Michael Brown following the clubs 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers on Saturday. The ‘Valiants’ relegated to League Two last season, have only managed to pick up 4 points from a possible 24 so far this season, and find themselves rock bottom of the Football League.
Despite receiving the backing from CEO Colin Garlick on Friday, the draw wasn’t enough for him to keep his job and Port Vale are on the look out for there fourth manager in just three years.
We take a look at three possible candidates to take the managers job at Vale Park.
Favourite with some of the bookies to get the job, Justin Edinburgh hasn’t long been out of the game as he was sacked by Northampton Town at the end of August. Having had experience at this level in the past with Newport County, where he led them to 17th position in his first season in the football league, Edinburgh has since gone on to have further Football League experience in League One.
Following his tenure at Newport County, Edinburgh went onto Gillingham and then Northampton Town. Despite struggling at the start of this season with Northampton, dropping down a league could benefit Edinburgh and Port Vale and give him the chance to re-galvanise his managerial career and also kick start Port Vale’s season.
An outsider for the job for sure, but an experienced appointment could be exactly what Port Vale need to help them turn their form around. Owen Coyle has been out of work since he was sacked by Blackburn Rovers earlier this year, but his CV is one that has plenty of past experience at a higher level.
He will be remembered most for his time at Burnley, where he led the Clarets to the Premier League in 2009 following there play-off final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley stadium. He left Burnley to join Bolton Wanderers and managed to lead the ‘Trotters’ to Premier League safety and also led the club to the FA Cup Semi-Final but lost out to Stoke City losing 5-0.
If Port Vale are looking for someone who has been there and done it at a higher level and could provide useful experience, then Owen Coyle could be the man for the job.
Someone who has plenty of Football League experience, having managed 7 clubs in English football’s top four divisions, Allen found success at Barnet. In his third spell at the club he kept them in League Two on the last day of the season, and then returned to the ‘Bees’ when they were in the National League in 2014 and managed to bring them back up to League Two.
Having managed plenty of clubs in the Football League and having kept Barnet in League Two, Allen could be seen as a suitable candidate to get Port Vale out of trouble and keep them in the league this season, before pushing on next campaign.
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