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Results cost Sinnott job - Bratt

Bill Bratt
Bill Bratt appointed Lee Sinnott following the sacking of Martin Foyle

Port Vale chairman Bill Bratt has confirmed that the decision to sack Lee Sinnott was based on poor results.

In his first interview since relieving Sinnott of his duties, Bratt told BBC Radio Stoke: "This game is results led and we weren't getting the results.

"I'm sure Lee will do an excellent job at another club in the future and we wish him well."

As expected, Dean Glover and Andy Porter have been put in temporary charge of first-team affairs.

After arriving from Farsley Celtic on Bonfire Night 2007 to replace Martin Foyle, Black Country-born Sinnott spent just 323 days in charge at Vale Park.

The former Watford defender joined the Valiants with a highly successful record in non-league football, having led Farsley to three promotions.

But the already misfiring team he inherited from Foyle failed to respond.

Vale picked up just 11 points out of a possible 60 from Sinnott's first four months in charge, as well as being dumped out of the FA Cup by non-league Chasetown.

And when they did briefly show signs of a revival with four victories in six games, they were already by then bound for relegation to League Two and it was too little too late.

We took a chance. We thought he could do the job and he certainly talked the talk. But, as a football club we have gone backwards on the pitch

Vale chairman Bill Bratt
Vale only lost two of last season's final 10 league games. But more crucial has been their failure to fire this term in the basement division.

Despite an opening day win at Luton, they have won just once more in eight league and cup games. And Saturday's late capitulation at home to Cheshire neighbours Macclesfield Town, letting in three goals in the final quarter hour to lose 4-1, was the final straw.

Bratt admits that appointing someone with no experience of management in the Football League was a gamble that has not paid off.

"We took a chance," he said. "We thought he could do the job and he certainly talked the talk.

"This job has been a learning curve for him, but we can't afford learning curves, we need results.

"As a football club we have gone backwards on the pitch."


see also
Boss exit no shock - Brightwell
23 Sep 08 |  Port Vale
Players gutted by Sinnott sacking
23 Sep 08 |  Port Vale
Sinnott parts company with Vale
22 Sep 08 |  Port Vale


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