John Askey offered new Port Vale contract as he praises “genuine and nice” club owners

Port Vale manager John Askey says he has been offered a new contract by the club’s new owners.

Askey impressed by steering the club away from relegation with an inherited group of players but had only been offered a deal until the end of the season by previous owner Norman Smurthwaite.

I want to be here and hopefully in the next few days I will know one way or the other…

However, following the sale of the club to Carol and Kevin Shanahan, Askey has been offered a new deal.

He told the Sentinel: “I have been offered a contract. It is in negotiations because that is the way it works. I want to be here and hopefully in the next few days I will know one way or the other.”

Askey says he has also advised the club on the retained list adding: “I have spoken to Carol and Kevin about it and Colin . I think they are in agreement with what I have suggested so, whether I am here or not, I think that will go ahead.

“There is plenty of rebuilding to do and hopefully I am here to help to do that.”

Askey praised the new owners saying: “I think anybody who meets Carol and Kevin has a warm feeling for them. They have the club at heart and I think they will get a lot of backing from local business and Vale supporters.

“So, it is a good time to be at the football club. I hope they are successful because they deserve it. They are genuine people and nice people. They have done a lot of good for the area. It is nice to be involved as the changes are happening.”

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