Port Vale Football Club is delighted to confirm that Andy Crosby has joined Darrell Clarke's backroom staff as Assistant Manager.
The 48-year-old joins the Valiants on a permanent deal after spending time supporting Manager Darrell Clarke at Vale Park during the latter stages of the 2020/21 SkyBet League Two campaign.
A defender in his playing days, Crosby made 715 career appearances scoring 43 goals, with his first foray into coaching coming in 2006 when he was named player-coach under Nigel Adkins at Scunthorpe United.
In 2010 he became Assistant Manager at Southampton under Adkins where the pair would guide The Saints from League One to the Premier League in back-to-back promotions.
Crosby would go on to assist Adkins at Reading, Sheffield United and Hull City before moving to Northern Ireland U21s as assistant to Ian Baraclough.
On joining The Valiants Andy said:
"I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the club permanently. I'm excited by the vision and plan set out by Carol and the board. They have a plan of progression and know where they want to get to, I'm looking forward to returning and playing my part in helping to bring those plans to fruition.
"When Darrell and I had our first face-to-face conversation, he outlined what he would like me to do and he gave me a lot of responsibility which I thank him for. I got to know him over that period of time. He's got a passion and desire to want to improve but he also listens to other people's points of view and hopefully with the other football staff we can come up with a plan to attack the league and try to be successful.
"I've been in the game a long time now as a player and assistant. I believe there has to be a connection between everyone. There has to be a common goal and I have to get to know the players as quickly as I possibly can and learn their personal traits. We have to remember they're all people first and foremost and they've all got their own individual story. I have to earn their trust off the pitch and try to help them as much as I possibly can to develop them as people and footballers and I'll be trying to do that from day one when we return."
Talking about Crosby joining permanently Director of Football, David Flitcroft said:
"I think this is a really important signing for the club. What we're trying to build at the club is an elite training environment and support system for any player that joins us or is already with us.
"Outstanding coaching, organisational skills, knowledge, work ethic and enthusiasm are all the qualities that he brings to the football club. His attention to detail is outstanding.
"Myself , Darrell and Andy are from similar football worlds in terms of our football paths and careers and we've all had to work incredibly hard to get to the levels in where we've got to in coaching and management so I know Andy’s values align with those of Darrell and I.
"He loves to be out on the grass, to coach players to make them better and to improve them. All the coaching environments he has been in have been elite. That's what we at Port Vale are building and Andy will be a big part of that as we keep driving forward with our football plan."
Manager Darrell Clarke said:
"I am absolutely delighted that Andy will be joining us permanently as Assistant Manager. When I first came to the football club it was always my intention to work with somebody different – I think it freshens you up as a manager. I've worked with some good assistants in the past, but I find when you're working with different assistant managers through the course of your career you get new and fresh ideas.
"Andy's talent and experience that he's had in his coaching career has been outstanding and I think we've worked great as a coaching team through the back end of last season and now we're looking forward to bringing things forward next season.
"I pride myself on man management and coaching and Andy is very similar. He's very good with the players and very good at detail. It's a ‘no-stone-unturned’ approach.
"I think this is a really important time for the football club. There's going to be a number of changes and an awful lot of work put in on the training pitch. With my experience and Andy's experience players will be getting the message thoroughly – whether that's on the grass or in the analysts’ room."
Welcome to the Vale, Andy!