Brian Horton and Sol Campbell linked with Port Vale

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 September 2017, 12:19

Port Vale’s search for Michael Brown’s successor has taken a surprise turn after Sol Campbell was propelled into the betting at 16/1, behind new favourite Brian Horton, Micky Adams and Ronnie Moore.

Campbell, one of the finest English defenders of his generation, has zero managerial experience to speak of, but has held coaching rolesĀ and earned a Uefa pro licence.

In a July interview with The Guardian Campbell spoke of his desire to enter into the managerial arena at any level, but has so far struggled to forge a path into the dugout, revealing his immense frustration at the amount of rejections he’d suffered.

Such is Campbell’s determination to become a manager he's admitted he would work for free in a bid to prove himself and earn some respect in the chaotic and cut-throat avenue of employment.

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The 43-year-old is a 16/1 shot to bag the Vale job, but with the struggling club rock-bottom of the Football League they are likely to opt for a manager with experience and knowledge of the lower leagues who can lift them out of their current rut.

Form Vale boss Brian Horton (1999-2004), who led the club to EFL Trophy glory in 2001, has been catapulted to the top of the market at 15/8, ahead of another ex Valiant in Micky Adams who remains near the top of the market despite unpopular owner Norman Smurthwaite ruling out a move.

Elsewhere, caretakers David Kelly and Chris Morgan are available at 16/1, as is Justin Edinburgh who was the first managerial casualty of the season, while Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has drifted out to the same price, having previously be hovering around the 8/1 mark.

Brian Horton is now the 2/1 favourite to return to Port Vale for a 2nd spell

Sol Campbell is a surprise name in the frame at 16/1...#PVFC


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