Gannon leaves Port Vale after less than three months in charge

by Richard Smith / 21 March 2011, 13:58

Port Vale have announced that manger, Jim Gannon, has left the club following just ten weeks in charge of the Potteries team. The former Stockport County and Peterborough boss took over at Vale Park on 6th January this year but after managing just four wins from his first 15 games in charge the board has taken the decision to part company with the man who was brought in to replace Micky Adams who left to join Sheffield United.

When Gannon took over, Vale were in the automatic promotion hunt having been in the top three for the majority of the first half of the season. However, six defeats in their last 14 league matches, including back-to-back defeats in the past seven days have seen them slide to eighth place and the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Accrington Stanley on Saturday was seemingly the final straw for the Irishman.

Mark Grew, who made over 180 appearances for Port Vale as Goalkeeper in the 80s and 90s has been appointed caretaker manager, the third time he has taken temporary charge of the but it is not thought that he'll get the job on a permanent basis with Geoff Horsefield the bookmakers early favourite to replace Gannon as the next Port Vale manager. Skybet make the former Fulham, Birmingham and West Brom striker 11/10 to step up from his current role as assistant manager at Vale Park. Mark Grew, Brian Laws, Mark McGhee and Neil McDonald are also early front runners.

Next Port Vale Manager odds
Geoff Horsefield 11/10
Mark Grew 7/1
Brian Laws 8/1
Mark McGhee 8/1
Neil McDonald 8/1
Gary Brabin 10/1
Martin Allen 10/1
Kevin Blackwell 14/1
Chris Coleman 14/1
Gareth Southgate 16/1

Odds Courtesy of Skybet


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