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Port Vale announce former striker will assist Darrell Clarke

Billy Paynter will assist Darrell Clarke at Port Vale, as per their official Twitter account (see tweet below). 

The ex-Swindon Town, Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers striker has been promoted from his role as a youth coach.

Port Vale have chosen Clarke as the man to replace John Askey in their dugout and poached him from fellow League Two side Walsall.

Their new boss has made some tweaks to his backroom staff and will work alongside Paynter at Vale Park.

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Paynter started his career at Port Vale and returned there in October last year as a coach, having previously worked at Everton since retiring from playing.

He played for Swindon Town from 2007 to 2010 and scored 51 goals in 139 games for the Robins whilst they were in League One.

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That form earned him a move to Leeds United and he spent a year-and-a-half on the books at Elland Road. However, he only managed three goals in 21 times for the Whites and was shipped out on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Doncaster Rovers handed him a permanent escape route from Leeds in 2012 and he fired 13 goals to help them gain promotion to the Championship in his first season.

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Paynter’s career also took him to Hull City, Southend United, Bradford City, Sheffield United, Carlisle United and Hartlepool United before he hung up his boots in December 2017.

Port Vale are in action tomorrow away at Leyton Orient.

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