Former Chelsea and Leicester City star coaching at Port Vale


Former Chelsea and Leicester City defender Frank Sinclair is coaching with Port Vale.

The 48 year old, who also played for Burnley, Huddersfield, Lincoln and Wycombe, has been invited to work with the Vale squad through his connection with assistant manager Dave Kevan.

They were together at Burnley and so Kevan was happy to recommend Sinclair when the former Premier League defender asked if he could spend some time at Vale Park.

The arrangement is likely to be temporary but Vale are pleased to welcome Sincair, who has also managed Colwyn Bay and Hednesford.

Vale boss John Askey explained: “Frank asked if he could come in and watch training and then I have got him involved for a couple of sessions.

“He is a player of vast experience so it can’t do any harm. It is always good to get new ideas.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Former Chelsea player Frank Sinclair acknowledges the crowd during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 29, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

“He played for a very long time, with Chelsea, Leicester, Burnley and then lower leagues so he knows what it is all about.

“He has good knowledge and is a good coach so you have to make use of things like that.”

Sinclair is working with the defence to help the Vale as they look to push on and secure a place in the play-offs.

Askey added: “It is working on the shape of the back four and getting them to work together.  It is stuff that we already do but I think sometimes it is good to have another voice and it lifts the players a little bit.

“He loves it. You can tell when he comes in, he is full of enthusiasm.

“I think when somebody like that comes in, who has played at Premier League level, they (the players) try to impress as well. It can’t do any harm.”

The Vale return to action on Saturday when they are away to promotion rivals Cheltenham Town.

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