PORT VALE ANNOUNCE UNKNOWN COACH AS NEW MANAGER
(Supan-Smith far right in conversation with Phil Neville)
25-year-old Englishman Henry Supan-Smith has been named as the new manager of Port Vale. Supan-Smith is largely unknown to just about anyone. He has been working in Spain for the past two years and recently linked up with Gary & Phil Neville at Valencia.
He started off as a youth team player at Brighton & Hove Albion before being released at 16. Due to his father’s Balkan heritage he left England to play for HNK Rijeka where he played once in two full seasons. Impressed with his attitude and education in fitness they appointed him as the youth team fitness coach before leaving for then Croatian cup winners HNK Hadjuk Split to become first team fitness coach at the age of just 19. In 2013, Hadjuk Split played a UEFA Europa League game in Ukraine versus FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk where he caught the eye of then manager Juande Ramos who was impressed with his confidence and such a young age. Ramos recommended Supan-Smith to Valencia CF manager Juan Antonio Pizzi who took him as firs team fitness coach and has stayed at Valencia CF until now.
New Port Vale owner and chairman Sevda Famadov released a mini-statement about Henry Supan-Smith that read “We are delighted with the capture of Henry as he has come endorsed by some big names in football management and knew straight away he was the right man to take this club forwards.”.
Supan-Smith will not be taking any press conferences until he is media ready according to co-director Edouard-Layvin Steffen.