John Rudge was most recently the director of football at Stoke City.
Rudge joined Stoke City in the summer of 1999 as he swapped Port Vale for Stoke City.
A hugely-successful manager, John took charge of 843 matches at Vale Park, helping them climb from the lower echelons of the Football League's basement division all the way to the upper reaches of the Championship during his 16-year spell in charge.
He was the Director of Football at the Britannia Stadium for 13 years serving as a valuable ally to no fewer than five different managers.
His duties at the Club include playing a key role in all transfer and contract negotiations, helping expand the Club's scouting network and dealing with player issues.
Originally from Wolverhampton, his career in football began at Huddersfield Town as a player, but he had lengthy spells at Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Bournemouth.
In total, he scored 79 goals in more than 250 League and Cup appearances, but he eventually had to retire from the game due to injury while he was at Dean Court.
A move into coaching followed and he served in backroom roles at both Torquay and Vale before his appointment as manager at Vale Park in 1983.
As well as promotion successes, Rudge also led them to the Anglo Italian Cup Final in 1996 and victory in the Football League Trophy Final in 1993.