Port Vale welcome the return of Neil Aspin as manager

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 04 October 2017, 10:13

Port Vale have appointed former Valiant Neil Aspin as Michael Brown’s successor in the dugout, thus ending their two-and-a-half-week search for a new gaffer.

Meanwhile, Vale’s longest-serving boss John Rudge (1983-99) also returns as the club’s Football Advisor - he previously led the Burslem outfit to three promotions and Football League Trophy glory.

Vale legend Aspin, who leaves his post at non-league Gateshead, makes an open armed return to the club he made over 400 appearances for between 1989 and 1999. Aspin was twice voted the Vale player of the year, while he hoisted the Football League Trophy back in 1993.

The 52-year-old takes charge of a Vale side who have had an absolute stinker this season, failing to win any of their last 10 league games (D2 L8) since a 3-1 triumph over Crawley Town on the opening day.

The Valiants’ sorry winless streak leaves them 22nd in League Two with a meagre return of five points from 11 matches.

On the plus side Aspin joins the club on the back of a 1-0 win over Newcastle in the Checkatrade Trophy - under the caretaker duo of Chris Morgan and David Kelly - which is only their second victory (in 90 minutes) in 18 games dating back to April.

Aspin returns to Vale Park with over 600 games under his managerial belt following spells with Harrogate Town, Halifax, where he signed Jamie Vardy and won three promotions in six years, and Conference Premier outfit Gateshead, with whom he leaves (15th) after two years at the helm.

Aspin’s first match in charge of Port Vale is at home clash against Grimsby on Saturday. Russell Slade’s men are currently 15th in the table with 14 points, but six defeats in their last eight league and cup away games means Vale will hold hopes of bagging their first League Two home win since a 7-1 battering of Burton in 2013.

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