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Glover to leave Vale manager role

Dean Glover
Glover replaced Lee Sinnott as the manager of Port Vale in October 2008

Port Vale have confirmed that manager Dean Glover will leave his position after the final League Two game of the season at Barnet on Saturday.

The 45-year-old took control at Vale Park last October, winning 11 and losing 19 of the 38 games that he has been in charge.

His appointment was unpopular with many supporters, and protests have taken place after several home matches.

The Valiants hope to announce Glover's successor by the end of May.

The former Vale defender may now take on another coaching role at the club.


Glover replaced Lee Sinnott as manager after a poor start to the Valiants' first season in League Two, following their relegation in 2008.

But he has been unable to improve the Burslem club's fortunes on the pitch, and they could end the season in the bottom four of the table if they lose at Underhill on Saturday.

Season ticket sales for 2009/10 have slowed down amid demonstrations by Vale supporters regarding Glover's position.

The Valiants are still hoping to conclude a deal with property developers and club sponsors Harlequin, who are believed to want to pour around £500,000 into the club.

However, they are likely to want a say in the everyday running of the club because of their sizeable investment.

Vale captain Sam Stockley was shocked by the timing of the announcement, before the final game of the season.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "We're so close to the end of the season, so for a story to break like that and for Dean to have to come in and tell the players that he will be leaving is a huge surprise.

"The dust hasn't settled on the current manager, so it would be unfair to comment on who should take over.

"But I'm sure the board have got their ideas and I think it's best left with them."

Goalkeeper Joe Anyon, who was named as the club's player of the year, believes that the club needs an experienced manager to help bring success.

"We need someone who's been around the block a bit, and someone who can take the club forwards rather than backwards," said Anyon.

"It is a surprise, and it isn't a surprise. There's been speculation for a while now, and it's come to an end. Unfortunately it won't be Dean who will take the lads on."

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Barnet v Port Vale
01 May 09 |  League Two
McCombe supporting manager Glover
27 Apr 09 |  Port Vale
Boss Glover escorted from protest
26 Apr 09 |  Port Vale
Vale talk to potential investors
03 Apr 09 |  Port Vale
Don't blame Vale boss - Brammer
01 Apr 09 |  Port Vale
I am a dead man walking - Glover
22 Mar 09 |  Port Vale
Blame me, not the team - Glover
22 Feb 09 |  Port Vale
Grew and Porter reject Vale role
08 Oct 08 |  Port Vale
Glover named new Port Vale boss
06 Oct 08 |  Port Vale
No decision yet on new Vale boss
26 Sep 08 |  Port Vale
Results cost Sinnott job - Bratt
23 Sep 08 |  Port Vale
Sinnott parts company with Vale
22 Sep 08 |  Port Vale

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