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Friday, June 26, 2009

Ainsworth to Port Vale?

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Stoke Sentinel/Michael Baggaley - Port Vale: Old boy Ainsworth could become Adams's assistant
- FORMER Port Vale star Gareth Ainsworth is on the shortlist to become the club's player coach.
- Vale manager Micky Adams has confirmed the QPR winger is among the candidates.
- Landing Ainsworth would be a popular move with fans as the 36-year-old is still revered for his performances in a Vale shirt under former manager John Rudge.
- Ainsworth has a year on his contract at Loftus Road, but Rangers are unlikely to stand in his way should he be offered the player-coach job at Vale Park.
- Adams said: "Nothing has been decided yet. There have been a lot of people express an interest in the position, but it will be up to me to decide who to fill it.
- "Gareth Ainsworth is one of a number of people I could be speaking to next week."
- Ainsworth doesn't have his full coaching badges, but had two spells as caretaker manager at QPR last season. Although he didn't play a first-team game last season, he is keen to play on for at least another year.
- Adams is prepared to take on an inexperienced coach in order to appoint someone who can also play. He said: "I will be doing the majority of the work anyway, but it is important that, whoever gets the job, wants to develop."
- Ainsworth confirmed he would like to move into coaching, but said his future depended on QPR.
- He added: "As far as I know, I'm wanted as a player next season. But I had a great 13 months at Vale and I would like to be involved in coaching in the future."
- Ainsworth became Vale's record signing when John Rudge paid Lincoln City £500,000 for him in September 1997.
- The right winger played 59 games, scoring 11 goals, before a £2m move to Wimbledon a year later." Stoke Sentinel

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