Port Vale have hired former West Brom manager Darren Moore on a five-and-a-half-year deal just seven days before their trip to Reading.

The 49-year-old former centre-back has had spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town in the last 12 months, departing Yorkshire in January.

Winning League One promotion with the Owls last season, Moore won three promotions as a player.

Port Vale FC’s new First Team Manager said: “When speaking to Carol, Dave and the club’s board, it’s 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 whilst putting the foundations in place to create a clear footballing identity.

“The contract is a long-term commitment from both myself and Port Vale FC; it’s 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.”

Replacing former Royals coach Andy Crosby following his sacking over a week ago, Reading host the Valliant's next Tuesday.

This will be the second attempt for the pair to meet in Berkshire, with the last match abandoned in the 16th minute following fan protests against Dai Yongge.