Port Vale have sacked 56-year-old manager John Askey, along with assistant manager Dave Kevan.
By Joseph Rutherford-Slater
Despite just missing out on the Sky Bet League Two play-offs last season, the dismissal comes after only managing to find one win in their last twelve league fixtures.
Having taken charge of the club in February 2019 Askey, being born in Stoke-on-Trent and playing youth football with the club, described accepting the job as “coming home”. However, on Monday 4th of January 2021 Port Vale released a club statement to announce John Askey and Dave Kevan departure. As well as this the club also stated that the first team would be under the management of coach Danny Pugh until further notice.
Although the question on all Vale fans lips will be, who are the board looking at bring in as a replacement. Along with interim manager Danny Pugh, former Lincoln City and Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley has been tipped for the job. Danny Cowley managed the Lincoln side that lifted the 2016/17 National League title, this showing he could bring a winning mentality to Port Vale.
Also mentioned with having a return to Vale Park is former manager Mick Adams. Already having two spells as Vale manager, Mick Adams know what would be in store for him if he was to retake the role as manager. Like Danny Cowley, Mick Adams was able to lead his team to promotion to League one in the 2012/13 season, once again showing the Vale board are looking for a manager with a winning and successful mentality.
Lastly according to reports, Vale are also looking at current Morecambe boss Derek Adams. Having taken the job in November of 2019, Derek Adams has managed to transform a struggling side into promotion candidates all with a limited budget. Adams also had success in 2016/17, being able to help guide Plymouth Argyle from England’s fourth division into the third division.