League One strugglers Port Vale have appointed former Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield boss Darren More as their new manager.

The 49-year-old has put pen to paper over a five-and-a-half-year deal at Vale Park and will work alongside director of football David Flitcroft.

Moore succeeds Andy Crosby, who was sacked last week following a run of one win in eight league games.

“We identified Darren as our primary target to come in as our new manager who can galvanise and energise the club,” said Flitcroft.

“Following extensive conversations, it is clear to the board that he has a plan of how he wants to lead the club from the very front and understands the importance of successes, both on and off the pitch.

“He personifies every quality that we look for as a representative of Port Vale, as well as possessing the management and leadership qualities that are so highly sought-after in any football club’s manager.

“I firmly believe that the appointment of Darren is an exciting one for the club and I am absolutely delighted to welcome him to Vale Park.”

Moore was sacked by Huddersfield last month after winning three of his 23 matches in charge of the Yorkshire club.

He added: “It is clear that Port Vale FC and I are perfectly aligned with our long-term aspirations both on and off the pitch.

“Our immediate aim is securing the club’s League One status between now and the end of this season, while putting the foundations in place to create a clear footballing identity.

“The contract is a long-term commitment from both myself and Port Vale. It is a testament to the long-term vision of the club and a vision that we as a collective - from myself, the supporters, the club staff and the players - are all striving towards.

“I am absolutely delighted to be here and I am thoroughly excited to get going.”

Port Vale head to the Toughsheet Community Stadium on Saturday, April 20. Wanderers ran out 1-0 winners when the sides met in September, with Dion Charles getting the decisive goal on the stroke of half time.