Port Vale: Joe Hart's former mentor brought in as goalkeeping coach

Dave Timmins
Dave Timmins worked with former Port Vale manager Micky Adams at Tranmere Rovers last season

Port Vale have appointed Dave Timmins, the man who oversaw England number one Joe Hart's early days, to join their backroom team as goalkeeping coach.

The former Shrewsbury Town goalkeeping coach, who has also worked at Preston, Carlisle United and Wolves, was previously with Tranmere Rovers.

He replaces long-serving Mark Grew, who retired at the end of last season.

Vale have also appointed former Plymouth Argyle coach John Harbin as their new performance coach.

Joe Hart's first goalkeeping minder
Dave Timmins first coached Joe Hart at the age of eight and was then also his first professional coach when the future England international first broke through at Shrewsbury Town late on in the 2003/04 season.

Following the appointment of Paul Bodin as assistant manager in May, that brings Page's coaching staff to four.

Timmins will work with Vale's Academy youngsters, as well as their first team contenders, when they return to pre-season training on Wednesday.

Vale have three keepers on their books, last season's number one Chris Neal, as well as youngsters Sam Johnson and Ryan Boot, who are both now on professional contracts.

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