Macclesfield Town manager John Askey is the new favourite for the manager’s role at Port Vale.
Following the sacking of Michael Brown, Vale are believed to be looking for an experienced manager who is prepared to work under a Director of Football, a role likely to be handed to former manager Micky Adams.
Askey has been recommended by former Vale player Phil Sproson, who is understood to be advising owner Norman Smurtwaite.
According to odds on Skybet, Askey is 1/1 favourite; followed by Brian Horton (2/1), Micky Adams (5/1) and Nigel Adkins (12/1). However, the latter two can be largely discounted as Adams is understood to be not seeking a managerial post while Smurthwaite claimed that Adkins was not interested *
Askey is a former youth team player at Vale Park, although he never made the first-team and has been in charge of Macclesfield for the last four years. He is the son of Vale legend Colin Askey.
Although Askey has no experience of league management he took Macclesfield to the FA Trophy final in 2017 and has managed over 250 games in non-league.
*Odds as of Sunday lunchtime
John Askey Factfile
Management spells: Macclesfield (2003 and 2004 to present)
Games managed: 256
Win percentage: 41%