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Last Updated: Friday, 13 February, 2004, 11:36 GMT
Port Vale appoint Foyle
Port Vale legend Martin Foyle
Port Vale have named former striker Martin Foyle as the club's new manager.

Foyle replaces Brian Horton, who left the club by mutual consent on Thursday, and he will take charge of first-team affairs immediately.

Vale currently lie seventh in Division Two, just a point off the play-offs.

"It's my dream job. The supporters like a trier and I was that as a player and I will be a trier as a manager," said Foyle.

"I can promise, honestly, 100% commitment and hard work.

"I have spoken to the players and have had a good response. Now I want the fans to get behind the team.

"It's going to be an exciting run-in and I believe we have a good chance of making the play-offs."

Vale chairman Bill Bratt welcomed Foyle's appointment and believes he has all the right credentials to become a success as a manager.

"This is the dawn of a new era and I urge the supporters to get behind Martin and the team," he told the club's official website.

Foyle has stepped up from his job as Port Vale's youth team manager.

He played for the club for nine years, scoring over 100 goals in the process.

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