Port Vale recruited international as well as local experience for their new signing to head their media department.
Welcome to Dan O’Sullivan, replacing Max McLellan who has been snapped up by Championship side Millwall after two years at Vale Park.
Dan, Vale’s media content co-ordinator, lives in Burslem and is completing a masters degree at Staffordshire University. But he spent his childhood in Shrewsbury, and Dubai, as he explains.
“I moved to Dubai when I was 14 with my parents, then came back to England for university.
“I’ve always wanted to do sports journalism so studied that at university in Liverpool then moved back to Dubai and got a job with beIN Sports.
“I worked there for three years on the social media accounts, working on everything from Champions League and Europa League, and the top five European domestic divisions.
“It was all sorts of sports but football has always been my main passion.”
Dan, aged 26, grew up supporting Everton, and also watching games at his local club Shrewsbury Town. He joins a media team that also includes Dan Townley, who covers the Vale Foundation.
His team also includes Luke Mounteney and Eliot Barnard who worked with Max McLellan, while Conor O’Hara and Paige Kelly move on having done a fine job.
O’Sullivan has actually yet to see the Vale lose having shadowed Max since the home win over Exeter, then taken charge after Max bowed out with the Forest Green game.
He said: “It is new for me because previously I was more in an office-based role. So, it is nice to be hands on, getting stuck in with everything and getting to know the lads.
“I am really enjoying being here, especially at such a good time for the club. Everyone seems really welcoming and there is a good vibe around the club.
“It’s my first football club but, from what I have gathered so far, it is a cracking club. The atmosphere is really good and everyone seems looked after.”
Carol Shanahan said: “We are delighted to welcome Dan to the club and were pleased to find such experience on our doorstep. We wish him a long and successful time at Port Vale and are sure he will make a very positive impact.
“It’s the end of an era with Max moving to pastures new, but we are incredibly grateful that two members of the team that supported Max – Luke Mounteney and Eliot Barnard – are staying on. Both are very talented undergraduates.
“Also, Dan Townley is doing a great job of improving the level of media coverage with the Foundation, where there is so much to celebrate and shout about.”