New Port Vale boss Darrell Clarke wants to lead Vale to promotion


Newly appointed Port Vale manager Darrell Clarke wants to add another promotion to his CV and return the Vale to League One.

Clarke, who arrived from Walsall yesterday, won promotion with Non-League side Sailsbury City before taking Bristol Rovers to back to back promotions (from the National League to League One) five years ago.

As he met the media for the first time this morning, he told Moorlands Radio that his move up the M6 represents a good opportunity to achieve this goal.

He said: “It’s an opportunity to get success. I feel it’s better at Port Vale then Walsall. Will it prove me wrong? Time will tell on that one, won’t it?

“For me, I like where we’re heading. It’s going to take a bit of patience, a bit of time and a lot of assessment. But I like to think there is a real platform to get success.

“This isn’t being disrespectful to my old club Walsall as there are good people who work there, but it’s a tough time with the finances.

“But I am not a manager that comes in and goes ‘I want this, I want this to spend on players’. I will always have the best interests of the football club before myself. As much as I want to win.

“If Carol said to me, ‘Darrell, we need to sell this player because it is in the benefit of the club,’ then we sell that player, we move on.

“At Walsall, the situation was it was the right call but they had to lose their best players because of the financial situation at the football club.

“You always do the best but as a manager you want success and I want more promotions on my CV. That’s why I’m here.”

You can hear our interview with Darrell below.