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Manager Jim Gannon parts company with Port Vale

Port Vale manager Jim Gannon
Jim Gannon leaves Port Vale in eighth position in the League Two table

Port Vale have parted company with manager Jim Gannon after just 74 days in charge of the League Two club.

The former Stockport and Peterborough boss replaced Micky Adams at Vale Park on 6 January but lost seven and won just four of his 15 matches in charge.

Chairman Bill Bratt told BBC Radio Stoke: "His vision for the club was very good but it just didn't work out."

Youth team coach Mark Grew will take charge of the team for the home game against Hereford on Tuesday.

Bratt continued: "To be perfectly honest he had the best reference we've ever had for anybody.

"We've got to go forward from this now, get everybody up and running and winning games.

Former Vale goalkeeper Grew, alongside assistant boss Geoff Horsfield, were installed as caretaker managers following Adams' departure to Sheffield United at the end of December.

They oversaw a 5-0 defeat at Rotherham and a 2-1 home victory against Burton in their two matches in temporary charge before Gannon's arrival at Vale Park.

Grew told BBC Radio Stoke: "The be-all and end-all is to get the lads to win football matches now and to build the sort of team atmosphere that we had at the start of the season.

"If we can achieve that, I'll be more than happy.

"I've spoken to the players today and there were positive vibes from the dressing room. I think everybody will play their part from now until the end of the season.

"All I want now is for everybody to come together at this club. It has affected the lads so we're looking for a bit of stability really."

Gannon, 42, signed five loan players in his first month at the club but failed to win any of his first five matches in charge.

A run of four games undefeated followed before Gannon and Horsfield were involved in an argument on the team coach as it headed for an away game at Aldershot on 25 February.

Both men left the coach during the journey and Horsfield was subsequently asked to attend to a disciplinary hearing, although no action was taken against either party.

A large section of supporters chanted for Gannon to be dismissed following the 3-0 defeat at Accrington on Saturday, as Vale dropped out of the play-off places for the first time this season.

The Valiants are level on points with Torquay, who currently occupy seventh position, although they have a game in hand on all of the teams above them.



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