Port Vale Axe Michael Brown

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 16 September 2017, 20:34

Michael Brown has become the third manager in the space of two hours to be booted from the dugout following his exit from Port Vale.

Brown has joined Harry Redknapp (Birmingham) and Gary Caldwell (Chesterfield) on the scrap heap following a night of carnage in the managerial arena.

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Caldwell was the first to be discarded after Chesterfield gave him the sack, which was swiftly followed by Birmingham parting ways with veteran gaffer Redknapp. Shortly after Port Vale completed the hat-trick of departures after they decided to hurl Brown out of Vale Park.

The writing was on the wall for Brown, 40, who headed into Saturday’s must win clash at home to fellow strugglers Forest Green Rovers under severe pressure following a rotten start to the season in which Vale had lost six of their opening seven games - failing to gather a point since their opening day win at Crawley Town.

Vale’s failure to beat Forest Green (1-1), despite leading for the majority of the game, leaves the side rock-bottom of the Football League, and now on the hunt for a fourth manager in the space of just 16 months.

Brown leaves with a record of just six wins from 34 matches - a win rate of just 17.6 %.

Port Vale’s CEO, Colin Garlick, has revealed that David Kelly and Chris Morgan have been placed in charge of the first team while the club’s search for a new manager, with both men joining the likes of Justin Edinburgh, Neil Redfearn and Neil Aspin in the betting to replace Brown.

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