Manager: Rob Page
Former Wales international Rob Page enjoyed a successful playing career before joining Port Vale as youth team coach. He was then promoted to first team coach before being made assistant manager. Page won 41 international caps for Wales over nine years. The former defender captained Watford to their first season in the Premier League and was voted the club's Player of the Season at the end of their debut campaign in the top flight. He was made Port Vale's interim manager in September 2014 following the departure of Micky Adams and after around a month in caretaker charge he was offered the position on a permanent basis. Upon guiding the Valiants to Sky Bet League One safety at the end of the season, Page agreed a new two-year contract with the club which will keep him at Vale Park until 2017.
Assistant Manager: Paul Bodin
Paul Bodin was appointed as Port Vale's assistant manager/first team coach in May 2015. The former Wales international started his career in football at Chelsea but didn't make a senior appearance for the Stamford Bridge club before transferring to Newport County. A long stint the Football League followed, which included spells at the likes of Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United. He finished his playing days with over 600 appearances and 89 league goals. Bodin had a three-year period in charge of Bath City from 1998 to 2001 and then joined former club Swindon Town as a youth coach. After twelve years at the County Ground, including a short spell in caretaker charge of the Robins, Bodin left the club and went on to work in Southampton's highly regarded Academy before making the switch to Vale Park.
Goalkeeping Coach: Dave Timmins
Announced as the replacement for long-term goalkeeping coach Mark Grew, Timmins brings a wealth of experience to his new role at Vale Park, having previously worked at Tranmere Rovers, Preston North End, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Timmins has previously coached some of the country’s best goalkeepers, spending ten years developing England international Joe Hart at Shrewsbury and a season with Netherlands regular Tim Krul at Carlisle United. He also spent time tutoring Vale’s number one, Chris Neal, when he was at Preston North End and will be relishing developing his rapport with the 29-year-old, as well as further developing the potential of both Sam Johnson and Ryan Boot.
Performance Coach: John Harbin
John Harbin was announced as the club’s performance coach in June 2015 after leaving Plymouth Argyle where he worked alongside John Sheridan. A Yorkshire-born Australian, Harbin emigrated to Australia when he was ten and has worked as a coach within both Football and Rugby, with his most notable achievement coming when he was promoted to the Premier League with Crystal Palace, working alongside Iain Dowie. He followed Dowie to Charlton Athletic, Coventry City and Queens Park Rangers but when Dowie moved on from QPR, Harbin decided to move back to Australia and coach Yeppoon Seagulls in the Queensland Rugby League Central Division. During his spell at Coventry City, he worked with then-player Rob Page and revealed that he was the main reason that he took on the Vale Park position.
Head Physiotherapist: James Rowland
Port Vale welcomed new Head Physiotherapist James Rowland for the start of the 2014/15 Season. A graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, James has previously worked as a physiotherapist at the Doncaster Rovers Centre of Excellence and the Derby County Academy before becoming Head Physio at Burton Albion.
Performance Analyst: Dan Thompson
A former decathlon athlete, Dan Thompson is a key member of Rob Page’s backroom staff. The 30-year-old studied Sports Management for four years at Sheffield Hallam University before spending time working in IT recruitment. He started volunteering for Scunthorpe United in 2011 and began work at Port Vale part-time alongside that. Dan was taken on full time by the club in 2012 and in his very first season the Valiants were promoted to Sky Bet League One.