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Port Vale boss Micky Adams wants Geoff Horsfield help

Port Vale assistant manager Geoff Horsfield
Geoff Horsfield started just one game for Port Vale last season

Port Vale manager Micky Adams wants his number two Geoff Horsfield to take on more responsibility at the club.

The 36-year-old joined Vale as player-assistant manager in July 2009 and has been offered a contract to remain with the club for the new season.

Adams told BBC Radio Stoke: "I'm not saying I did it all on my own, but I had to take some of the jobs that a regular assistant would do off Geoff.

"We wanted him fit, but it meant a lot of the workload was on my shoulders."

Adams continued: "I've told him that if he wants to stay and he wants to learn, he's going to have to do more and really get to grips with the job that we want of him and that a regular assistant manager would do."

Former Fulham and Birmingham striker Horsfield started the first match of the campaign against Rochdale, but was then limited to sporadic substitute appearances because of injury problems.

Horsfield has made no secret of his desire to become a manager in the future and Adams wants to give him the chance to further develop his coaching skills at Vale Park.

"You would be amazed by the amount of miles that we cover and the games that we watch," added Adams.

"Part of being an experienced manager is having a catalogue of players in your mind. People will throw players at you and you'll know them.

"That's going to be part of Geoff's remit for next season, to formulate a catalogue of players, get to know all the leagues at all levels.

"Where he was concentrating more on playing last season, this season he's going to concentrate more on doing the job that we pay him for."

Despite not being offered a playing contract, Adams confirmed Horsfield is likely to remain registered as a player next season, although he would only be called upon in an emergency.

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