Port Vale owner Carol Shanahan answers questions on search for manager



Port Vale owner Carol Shanahan has suggested Danny Pugh could stay in charge of the first team at least until the end of the season.

With the first team currently in the hands of Pugh, with the help of head of youth development manager Frank Sinclair and academy coaches Billy Paynter and Anthony Griffith, she believes the club can take the time to thoroughly consider who should be the next manager.

Pugh took charge of his first game on Saturday, leading the side to a 3-0 win at home to Grimsby, five days after John Askey’s departure.

Shanahan told BBC Radio Stoke’s Lee Blakeman the decision to part company with Askey and his assistant Dave Kevan was tough. They hadn’t lined up a permanent replacement before making the decision, feeling that Pugh would bring stability in the short term.

She said around 40 of the applicants for the job were backed up by impressive references and worthy of serious consideration.

But she isn’t putting a timescale on a permanent appointment. She said: “No. At the moment let’s just focus on this season, fighting our way through Covid and the restrictions.

“I hear an awful lot of people, not just at our club but every club, comparing this season to other seasons… ‘At this point last season we had so many points or had won so many games…’

“But no club, in whatever league they are in, can compare this season to with any other because we have never had the situation where all clubs will suddenly lose a played because they are having to isolate or have tested positive.

“You have all the restrictions so you can’t do proper pre-season or training in the way you normally would. You can’t even have a coach on the way to games in the way you normally would.

“It does have an effect. It had an effect on our results, I know it did.

“So it is a completely different season. This season I just want to get through it the best way we can. If that is with Danny, supported by Billy Paynter and Frank and Anthony Griffith then let’s keep doing that.

“I am not neglecting the permanent position. I am just saying that, at the moment, I don’t want to be distracted by that and take our eye off this season and getting the most we can out of the players in our squad.”

As for the possibility of leaving Pugh in charge until the end of the season, she said: “It is a possible option, yes. If Danny is up for that and the players are responding to that, I can’t see why that won’t happen.”

Vale’s confidence in Pugh is shown in the fact the club is continuing with transfer business while considering who could be the next permanent manager.

Midfielder Jake Taylor signed from Nottingham Forest this afternoon on a three-and-a-half year contract.





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