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Port Vale appoint Rob Page as manager

Page steps up from his role as caretaker. Credit: PA

Port Vale have made Rob Page their new manager following a string of impressive performances since assuming caretaker charge following the departure of Micky Adams.

Page has guided Vale to victories over Barnsley, Yeovil Town and last season’s play-off finalists Leyton Orient in League One.

He will remain at the helm until the end of the current season at least.


Micky Adams resigns as Port Vale manager

Adams has stepped down after five years at Port Vale. Credit: PA

Micky Adams has stepped down as manager of Port Vale after five years at the club.

The 52 year-old, who leaves Port Vale 23rd in League One, said:

“This has not been an easy decision to make, which has been made even more difficult by the strong relationships I have forged during my time at the club. I would like to thank my immediate team, all of the staff at Vale Park and the many players I have worked with throughout my two spells. I have met some truly fantastic people.

“In addition, I would like to thank all of the Port Vale fans for their fantastic support. I hope that the club has only bright times ahead.

“I believe now is the time for another manager to take the helm and I would like to thank Norman Smurthwaite and his wife Lorraine for their fantastic support. I wish the club every success for this season and the future.”

Port Vale captain angry that injuries could scupper summer move

Port Vale captain Doug Loft is undecided whether or not he will take legal action against Daniel Jones over the facial injuries that have brought a premature end to his season.

Loft was last week involved in a training ground altercation with then-team mate Jones, who has since had his contract with the club terminated, as Vale prepared for their League One fixture against Notts County.

On Tuesday morning, one tabloid newspaper printed a photograph of Loft's face under the headline 'disfigured' and went on to say that he had suffered broken bones in his nose, jaw and cheek.

Speaking about the incident, Loft told Sky Sports News:

I have never had a problem with Jonesy and he has never had one with me, as far as I know.

We went into a tackle and as I was getting up off the floor he hit me. I fell backwards and sat on the floor, the gaffer sent him in and I went to hospital for X-rays. He texted me on the day and said sorry, that was it.

At the minute I am angry. I have been playing really well and I was getting a lot of interest and I knew that people were watching me. I am annoyed and upset that I will miss the rest of the season.

– Port Vale captain Doug Loft


Violence at the Vale

Police were on Saturday pelted with bottles and missiles after trouble broke out between football fans following a highly charged local derby.

Officers arrested 23 people when Port Vale hosted Wolves in Sky Bet League One.

Staffordshire Police said it was "confronted by a significant group of home fans" involved in "violent disorder" who had gone out of their way to target police lines.

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