Next Port Vale Manager: Michael Brown favourite but Lee Clark enters frame

by Jack Kitson / 07 February 2017, 10:52

Port Vale have been without a manager since Boxing Day when Bruno Ribeiro (W10 D6 L13) resigned from his post after just 189 days, leaving the club 17th in League One.

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Fast-forward six weeks and Port Vale have only been victorious in one of their following six league and cup games under caretaker boss Michael Brown, while the club are currently without a win in five matches.

The Vale have subsequently dropped down to 19th, meaning they’re now dangling just four points above the League One relegation zone, with one triumph from their last 11 matches.

Brown’s 16.7% win percentage is hardly eye-catching, in fact it's the opposite, but the former Tottenham midfielder remains the evens favourite for the permanent post, although it appears increasingly likely that he will be at the helm until the end of the season.

Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has previously said that if he does not offer Brown the permanent job then he will remain at the club as assistant manager.

The likes of former QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mix Paatelainen (previously of Dundee United), and ex Northampton gaffer Rob Page have also been touted as possible successors to Ribeiro, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, Lee Clark has become the latest gaffer to be linked with Valiants, with the 44-year-old currently available at 2/1 in the betting (Bet Victor).

Clark, formerly of Huddersfield, Birmingham and Blackpool, has been in charge of SPL side Kilmarnock for a year, keeping the club in the Scottish top-flight last season, while they are currently 8th in the table, although they have just one win to their name from their last eight games.

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