Andy Crosby: Port Vale sack manager after one win in eight games

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Andy Crosby won 13 of his 40 games in charge of Vale
Andy Crosby won 13 of his 40 games in charge of Port Vale

Port Vale have sacked manager Andy Crosby after less than year in the job.

Vale have won just once in eight games to leave them 20th in League One, two points above the relegation zone – albeit with games in hand.

Assistant manager John Schofield will also leave his position.

Crosby joined Vale as Darrell Clarke’s assistant in March 2021, twice taking over as interim boss before getting the job on a more permanent basis after Clarke was sacked in April 2023..

Crosby had already taken over in a caretaker capacity when Clarke was off on compassionate leave – and led Vale out in the League Two play-off final at Wembley, where they beat Mansfield Town.

He also this season led Vale to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, where they were beaten by Middlesbrough in December – the furthest they had ever been in the competition.

Vale made five loan signings in the January transfer window, although one of them, Rhys Williams, had to return to parent club Liverpool because of injury – and he also lost his two main loan signings, Sheffield United’s Oli Arblaster and Tottenham’s Alfie Devine, who were both recalled.

But, in Saturday’s first game since, they lost 3-0 at fellow strugglers Fleetwood, to leave them just two points clear of trouble.

It is all in stark contrast to the start of the season when they won five of their first seven games to go second in League One. But they won just three times in 20 league matches since.

David Dunn and Carlo Nash will be in caretaker charge for Tuesday’s home game against Leyton Orient.


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