Jim Gannon has been named as the new Manager of Port Vale, signing a one-and-a-half year deal at Vale Park.

The former Stockport County and Motherwell boss replaces Micky Adams who left the club last week to take over at Sheffield United.

Gannon has been out of work since leaving Peterborough United in April, after just two months in charge.

Speaking on the appointment on www.port-vale.co.uk Vale Chairman Bill Bratt said: "We are delighted that Jim has agreed to join Port Vale at what is undoubtedly a very exciting period for the club.

"When we initially spoke to Jim, we were incredibly impressed with his enthusiasm and passion for football, including his knowledge of the lower leagues, which is essential in League 2.

"Jim is one of the most qualified coaches at this level and his record and credentials speak for themselves. We are an ambitious club and we believe Jim is the right appointment to deliver the success we are striving for."

Gannon added: "This is a challenge I am relishing and I am looking forward to building an excellent relationship with the supporters, who will play such an integral role in our journey during the rest of this campaign and beyond."

Port Vale currently sit fourth in the npower League 2 table just three points behind the leaders Chesterfield.

His first game in charge comes in the FA Cup this weekend when Vale travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.

Gannon will be assisted by Geoff Horsfield and Mark Grew who worked previously under Adams.

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