Neil Aspin has stepped down as manager of Port Vale, with just 35 hours left of the transfer window, as reported by the Stoke Sentinel.
The former Leeds United defender has released a statement after just 16 months in charge, saying: “To put an end to the constant speculation regarding my future I have decided that in the best interests of Port Vale FC that I must resign with immediate effect.”
“Anyone who knows me and who knows my association with the Club as a player and now Manager will know it is a very difficult decision and one I haven’t taken lightly.”
It’s understood that Aspin made the decision on Monday, but took the team last night as they earned a draw with Newport County in League Two. That point left them 18th in the table, just six points clear of the final relegation place.
Port Vale are the ninth League Two team to be hunting a manager this season after Cambridge, Carlisle, Notts County (twice), Crawley, Macclesfield, Cheltenham, Northampton and Oldham all parted company with their bosses.
This is no surprise, Vale had a decent summer in terms of recruitment but they’ve been woeful at the back. Even the enigmatic Tom Pope hasn’t been able to get them to where they want to be.
They’re not helped by turbulence off the field, but even so, it’s been a rocky two years for the Valiants and there’s no sign of their troubles abating now.
Could there be a worse time to leave a club?