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Port Vale confirm Rob Page gets managers job full time


 

Rob Page has been appointed Micky Adams' permanent successor after winning three of his eight matches in charge as caretaker. The 40-year-old thanked the players for 'getting him the job'

Vale had lost six matches on the spin when he took hold of the reins, but have now climbed up to 16th in League One and only three points off the top half.

"I'm really pleased to be handed this opportunity," said Page.

"It wasn't a case of feeling pressure of having a month to prove I was the man for the job, just pressure I would always put myself under to pick up results.

"The credit must go to the boys and the way they have responded. They have been brilliant since day one.

"It's the same group and my main task was to tell them what everyone knew. They are good players.

"I needed to give them that bit of confidence back. We have to keep that up.

"I see it that I've already been in charge for six weeks. We will get everyone in for training as normal this morning and prepare to take on Colchester on Saturday.

"I've been in the game for 20 years as a player, coach and short-term manager and this is something I have always wanted to do.

"I'm going to grab this chance with both hands."

Page, who has been handed a contract until the end of the season, joined Vale's backroom team as youth team coach in the summer of 2011.

He stepped up to become Adams' assistant boss in July this year, with Mark Grew becoming first team coach.

The former Wales inter­national said: "It's a work in progress. We may have to make small steps and we'll have to be patient but we want to keep driving the club forward.

"I am in a good position from the start because I have great lads in the changing room.

"There have been a few changes that have been made and a few more still to come which might go unnoticed by the players. It is an exciting time."

JB

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