Congratulations to CCFPA member and former Sky Blues defender Robert Page who was yesterday officially confirmed as the new manager of Port Vale FC after acting as caretaker at Vale Park since the former gaffer (also an Association member) Micky Adams resigned in September.
Rob, who was an uncompromising central defender for the Sky Blues making 70 league appearances for CCFC between 2005-08, has clearly done enough for Coventry born Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite to give him the job for the rest of the season. Since taking over at Vale Park, the 40-year-old has overseen impressive wins over Barnsley, Yeovil and Leyton Orient. Mr Smurthwaite is reported to have said that, “having stepped up under difficult circumstances, I am pleased with the way in which Rob has implemented an attractive style of play and turned round the club’s home form. It has been a difficult few months but I believe this signals the start of a new era at the club and that this is the best possible outcome for the fans, players and staff. Rob has stepped up to the mark and hopefully our form will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership.”
He is reported to have told the Stoke Sentinel, “I am really pleased. I had a conversation with the chairman and he has offered me the opportunity to manage the club, which I am very grateful for” …. “I think the difference in the approach to games, especially at home, is there for everyone to see and long may it continue.”
Rob signed up for the Association in September 2013 (above) supported by then recent signing Micky Adams. Micky (right) is, of course both a former player and manager of the Sky Blues. He was not out of the Manager’s chair long after leaving the Vale and now fills the hot seat at Tranmere Rovers. We hope both managers do well (except of course when their teams are up against the Sky Blues)!