By Billy Stephenson

Former Sheffield United and Leeds midfielder Michael Brown has been given the permanent job at Port Vale despite the club’s relegation from League One on Sunday.

Brown has been Vale’s manager since December after taking over from Bruno Ribeiro. The decision was made by new chairman Tony Fradley who was also appointed in his role this week as well.

This was a surprise appointment to many as they have only won five games since Brown took temporary charge and relegation was confirmed after a 0-0 draw against Fleetwood on the last day of the season.

This is Brown’s first managerial appointment after his playing career which lasted 19-years.

He started at Manchester City and then moved to Yorkshire to play for champions of League One this season, Sheffield United where he made 147 appearances.

He had other spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Wigan and Portsmouth before joining Leeds. He then joined Port Vale in 2014 as a player, before taking charge of the Valiants earlier this season.

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