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David Dunn departs Port Vale

Port Vale first-team coach David Dunn has followed manager Andy Crosby out of the door at Vale Park, with a trio of academy coaches to take charge on an interim basis.

Crosby was sacked on Monday after less than a year in the job following a run of just one win in eight which left the club 20th in League One, two points above the relegation zone, although they have games in hand on those around them and host Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening.

Crosby’s assistant John Schofield also left the club on Monday, and now former Blackburn midfielder Dunn, capped once by England as a player, has left his role as a first-team coach.

Will Ryder, Matt Done and Danny Lloyd will move up from the academy to take charge of first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.

Director of football David Flitcroft said: “Firstly, I’d like to thank Will, Matt and Danny for assisting with first-team operations in this short period whilst we search for a permanent Port Vale manager.

“As a club, we are determined for the new appointment to match our long-standing values and long-term ambitions and will ensure the correct recruitment processes are followed throughout.

“Our collective priority now is the on-pitch performance and maintaining our League One status with the immediate focus on tonight’s match.”

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