Neil Aspin: Port Vale manager signs extended two-and-a-half year contract in Burslem
Port Vale have agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with manager Neil Aspin as a reward for an improvement in form since he took over on 4 October.
Aspin, 52, played 410 games for Vale, and returned to the club following the sacking of Michael Brown on a contract until the end of the season.
Since then, Vale have won eight of their 16 games in all competitions, and risen from 22nd to 18th in League Two.
"The results speak for themselves," said Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite.
"I have been impressed with the way Neil has operated since he came back. I am really happy that he has committed himself to the club."
Former Harrogate, Halifax and Gateshead boss Aspin said: "When I first came, it was a chance for the club to have a look at me and. at the moment. things have gone okay.
"I am very realistic. Managers tend to not last very long, and you never get ahead of yourself. We have made some improvements and taken some steps forward but there is a long way to go.
"I'd like to think that I am going to be here for a while and, if I am, then it gives me the chance to run things the way that I want."
Aspin has old Vale boss John Rudge alongside him as director of football in Burslem, while another former Valiants favourite Jon McCarthy arrived in mid-November as a key member of his backroom team.
Yates signs contract extension
Vale have also extended the contract of veteran defender Adam Yates.
The club's longest-serving player, who has been at Vale Park since 2009, was on a contract which was due to expire early in the New Year, but that has now been extended until the end of the season.
Yates, who has made 248 appearances for Vale, started this season on loan at Macclesfield.
He has played twice for Vale in the EFL Trophy, but has been out since suffering facial injuries in a collision with his own goalkeeper playing for the reserves against Morecambe in late November.
Owner Smurthwaite added: "Having witnessed first-hand the awful injury that Adam sustained, I felt it was our duty to support a player who had given so much service to the club."