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Port Vale chairman Bill Bratt resigns after eight years

Bill Bratt
Bratt headed the supporters group that took Vale out of administration in 2003

Bill Bratt has resigned from his position as Port Vale chairman after eight years in charge.

Bratt will remain on the board of directors, while fellow director Mike Lloyd will step into the position of chairman in the short term.

"The last 12 months has been horrendous, there's been a lot of hate," Bratt told BBC Radio Stoke.

"The main thing is the club. It's bigger than any one individual. I would ask the fans to get behind the club."

The current board took charge at Vale Park in December 2003 when the Valiants were in administration.

The fan-backed Valiant 2001, with Bill Bratt installed as chairman, led Vale out of administration a season later.

Since then, the club have had six full-time managers and have slipped into the bottom tier of the Football League - where they will again play next season.

Vale chief executive Perry Deakin told the club's website: "Following lengthy discussions at board level, Bill has decided to step down and spend more time with his family and on his own busines interests."

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