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Port Vale boss Jim Gannon gets off team coach after row

Port Vale manager Jim Gannon
Gannon took over as Vale manager in January

Port Vale manager Jim Gannon got off the Valiants' team bus heading for Aldershot after an alleged argument with his assistant Geoff Horsfield.

Gannon met his legal representative at a service station in the West Midlands and returned to Vale Park for talks with chairman Bill Bratt.

Horsfield also left the coach further into the journey.

BBC Radio Stoke understands that Gannon will be at Saturday's League Two game, but Horsfield will not attend.

Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson said on Twitter: "Awesome events on the team bus."

The former Crewe and Burton man later added: "Someone has left the bus."

Geoff's been a great assistant. He helps with coaching, the warm-ups and the management of players

Jim Gannon, speaking in January

"It is an internal matter that will be dealt with on Monday," Bratt told BBC Radio Stoke.

Former Stockport, Motherwell and Peterborough boss Gannon took charge of the Valiants in January after Micky Adams' departure for Sheffield United.

At the time, Vale were fourth in League Two but his reign began with a five-match winless run.

A 1-0 success over Rotherham began a four-game unbeaten streak but that was halted with Tuesday's 3-1 defeat by Stevenage which has left Vale sixth in the table, three points off the automatic promotion places.

Gannon inherited his backroom team, including Horsfield, from Adams, and has appointed Ben Cooper and Andy Mulliner as coaches.

In January, Gannon said that the Valiants were "understaffed" and that "the staff are probably under-qualified for the jobs they've been asked to do".

Of Horsfield, he added: "Geoff's been a great assistant. He helps with coaching, the warm-ups and the management of players.

"He's a good lad but he needs to gain a lot more experience and he'll become a better assistant manager as time goes by."



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