Former England striker is bookies’ early favourite for Port Vale job



Former England striker Emile Heskey is the bookmakers’ early favourite for the Port Vale manager’s job.

The Vale are looking for a new boss after parting company with John Askey on Tuesday afternoon. Assistant manager Dave Kevan has also left but coach Danny Pugh has been made interim manager and is preparing the players for Saturday’s game at home to Grimsby.

Heskey came to the Vale and met owner Carol Shanahan in August when he delivered advice and coaching to the club’s academy scholars.

The former Leicester, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker spoke to the youngsters about making the step up to the first team and also, in the longer term, preparing for life after football.

He revealed in an interview in November that he wasn’t ruling out coaching and management and is taking his coaching badges having already obtained the UEFA masters qualification for football administration.

The 42 year old won 62 England caps, playing in two World Cups and the European Championships.

He’s been made 2/1 for the Vale job by bookies Skybet, while Pugh is he 3/1 second favourite.

Former Vale boss Rob Page is third at 6/1. He’s currently in the Wales management set up but knows the club well having coached at Vale Park under Micky Adams and then been manager from 2014-16.

During that time he met Carol and Kevin Shanahan who wanted him to stay on as manager if they were successful in an early attempt to buy the club. But hopes of a takeover didn’t come to fruition back then, Page left in the summer of 2016 and the Shanahans were eventually able to buy the club from Norman Smurthwaite in May 2019.

Former Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson is fourth favourite at 8/1, followed by Nigel Adkins at 10/1.

David Flitcrcoft, Simon Grayson, Joey Barton and Graham Alexander are 12/1, followed by Micky Adams at 14/1.

* Odds correct as of 10.45am on Tuesday January 5





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