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Port Vale: Who is new boss Bruno Ribeiro?

20 June 2016

Port Vale announced Bruno Ribeiro as their new first-team manager on Monday, a newcomer to EFL management.

The Portuguese boss has experienced life in the dugout previously however, and is more than familiar with life on these shores after plying his trade in England during his playing days.

It was in 1997 when Ribeiro first arrived in the country, joining Leeds United from boyhood club Vitoria Setubal. The midfielder enjoyed a successful spell with the Whites before switching to another Yorkshire side, Sheffield United.

He returned to his native country in 2001 and retired in 2010, finishing his playing career back where it began, with Setubal.

And that's also where Ribeiro took his first steps into management, having moved from under-17 coach into the first-team role in 2011. The 40-year-old has had stints at a handful of clubs since, including a spell in Bulgaria with Ludogorets Razgrad.

Now, it's Burslem for Bruno, who succeeds Robert Page at Vale Park, and he is already setting his sights high.

“I’m very happy, my ambition was to come to England and to come to Port Vale,” Ribeiro told Vale Player.

“The club is fantastic, the people working here are fantastic too and together we can get the club to the Championship. I believe this is a Championship club.

“I've been coaching six years, but England is different. I played in England, now I'm coaching in England – I'm very happy and I'll do my best.

“I'm hungry, I want to start. We need to learn quickly but on the 6th August we'll be ready.”

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