Port Vale: Ince and Sanchez too pricey for Valiants, admits Bratt
by Steve Shaw
CHAIRMAN Bill Bratt admits Vale are unlikely to possess the financial muscle to attract former Premier League bosses Paul Ince and Lawrie Sanchez to their vacant manager's post.
The Valiants are searching for a new boss after Saturday's end of season 2-1 victory at Barnet marked the end of Dean Glover's seven-month managerial reign.
Ince and Sanchez are currently out of work since being axed from their respective top-flight management roles at Blackburn Rovers and Fulham respectively.
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Bratt admits Ince, a former England international, would be a realistic candidate having achieved relative success in the lower leagues with Macclesfield Town and MK Dons.
Meanwhile, eyebrows were raised on Saturday when Sanchez was spotted among the crowd at Barnet's Underhill Stadium on Saturday.
Sanchez also bossed Northern Ireland after leading Wycombe, then a League One side, to the FA Cup semi-final in 2001.
But Bratt is highly sceptical as to whether the club's restricted finances would stretch for to covering the duo's potential wage demands.
He said: "The next manager is very unlikely to be Paul Ince because I don't think we can afford him.
"We haven't made contact with him as we haven't even drawn up any a list of candidates.
"I don't think we could afford Lawrie either having spoken to various people, so he is not on our radar at the moment. We didn't speak to him at Barnet and I didn't even know he was there until the second half."
Bratt says the club's nine-man board are likely to meet this week to formulate a shortlist of half-a-dozen candidates.
As yet, just three people have contacted the club , either directly or indirectly, to enquire about the vacancy.
They are believed to be former Stoke City striker and the current boss of US outfit Austin Aztex Adrian Heath and ex-Potters defender and former Valiants youth coach Mike Pejic. Former England midfielder John Barnes is also understood to have shown an interest in the job. Barnes is currently guiding the fortunes of Jamaica's national team.
Meanwhile, Bratt says Glover will provide a valuable input into deciding the club's retained list for next season.
Seven players – Dave Brammer, Scott Brown, Joe Anyon, Paul Edwards, Ross Davidson, Luke Prosser and Kyle Perry – are out of contract in the summer. Although Perry has already been told he is to be released.
The futures of at least some of the other six players could be resolved this week.
Glover still has 12 months to run on his existing assistant's deal and could remain in the role if a newly-appointed boss is happy to work alongside him.
Although he also has the option of taking up the club's offer of becoming joint youth manager.
Bratt added: "Dean has worked with the players and he has been in charge. His input is still important."
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