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Ex-Shrewsbury, Macclesfield, Port Vale boss eyes Telford manager’s job

Ex-Shrewsbury, Macclesfield, Port Vale boss John Askey eyes up the AFC Telford United manager’s job after Gavin Cowan left the role.

Askey, the Macclesfield Town legend is believed to be keen on a return to management at Telford after being sacked by League Two club Port Vale in January.

The 56 year old chief boasts more than 400 games in management including an against-the-odds National League title with Macclesfield in 2018, and then went to Shrewsbury before flopping.

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Ex-Shrewsbury, Macclesfield, Port Vale boss eyes Telford manager’s job

In August, Askey joined newly formed phoenix club Macclesfield FC – who play in the step five North West Counties Premier – in a short-term advisory role.

The Bucks are undergoing a thorough recruitment process after former boss Cowan departed the New Bucks Head last week. Interviews are set to begin this week according to Shropshire Star.

The application deadline passed come Friday of last week and former TNS legend Scott Ruscoe is said to have applied for the role.

Paul Smith, manager at step four of non league Halesowen Town whose side were denied an almost-certain promotion due to Covid-19, is another name being mentioned.

The Yeltz are top of the Northern Premier League Midlands Division after going 10 games unbeaten to start the campaign.

Former Bromsgrove Sporting chief Smith, however, stated his commitment to Halesowen last week.

It is believed the same to be the case with Rushall Olympic boss Liam McDonald, who has been strongly linked to the role by Bucks supporters.

McDonald has also managed Redditch United and Hednesford, as well as a brief National League spell with Solihull Moors. It is thought those at the top of Telford could go in favour of a more experienced pair of hands this time round.

Askey’s previous spell in Shropshire lasted just over five months, winning just five of 21 games in charge of Shrewsbury and was dismissed in November 2018 with the Salop 18th in the League One standings.

The experienced Stoke-born boss then spent almost two years in League Two at Port Vale, whose side performed well prior to the curtailment of the season due to Covid-19.


John Askey is an English professional football manager and former player who was most recently the manager of Port Vale. He is the son of former Port Vale player Colin Askey.

Able to play as a winger or as a striker, he had pace and intelligence. A former youth-team player at Port Vale, he joined Macclesfield from Milton United in 1984. During his time at the Silkmen spent six seasons in the Football League and won the Northern Premier League title in 1986–87, the Football Conference title in 1994–95 and 1996–97, and promotion out of the Third Division in 1997–98. Town also won the Northern Premier League Challenge Cup, Northern Premier League President’s Cup, Conference League Cup, Cheshire Senior Cup and Staffordshire Senior Cup. In 19 seasons at the club he scored 155 goals in 679 league and cup appearances, becoming the club’s record appearance holder and fourth highest goalscorer; he was named as the club’s PFA Fans’ Favourites and was later rewarded with the freedom of Macclesfield in August 2018.

He stayed on at Macclesfield Town as a coach after retiring as a player and was appointed as manager in October 2003. He was replaced as manager in April 2004, but stayed on at the club as a coach, before he was appointed as manager for a second time in April 2013. He coached Macclesfield to the 2017 FA Trophy final, where they were beaten by York City. The following season, 2017–18, he led the team back into the Football League as champions of the National League despite having one of the division’s lowest budgets. Following this achievement, he moved on to manage Shrewsbury Town in June 2018, before his dismissal five months later. He was appointed as Port Vale manager in February 2019 and remained in the job until January 2021.


Macclesfield Town – 27 October 2003 until 1 April 2004 – 27 games, 7 wins, 8 draws, 12 defeats, 25.9 win %
Macclesfield Town – 3 April 2013 until 1 June 2018 – 267 games, 120 wins, 58 draws, 89 defeats, 44.9 win %
Shrewsbury Town – 1 June 2018 until 12 November 2018 – 21 games, 5 wins, 8 draws, 8 defeats, 23.8 win %
Port Vale – 4 February 2019 until 4 January 2021 – 91 games, 34 wins, 25 draws, 32 defeats, 37.4 win %
Total – 406 games, 166 wins, 99 draws, 141 defeats, 40.9 win %


As a player

Macclesfield Town

Northern Premier League: 1986–87; runner-up: 1984–85
Northern Premier League Challenge Cup: 1986–87
Northern Premier League President’s Cup: 1986–87
Cheshire Senior Cup: 1990–91, 1991–92; runner-up: 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90
Conference League Cup: 1993–94; runner-up: 1996–97
Staffordshire Senior Cup: 1993–94, 1996–97; runner-up: 1989–90
Football Conference: 1994–95, 1996–97
Football League Third Division runner-up: 1997–98


Macclesfield Town Player of the Year: 1988–89, 1999–2000

As a manager

Macclesfield Town

Cheshire Senior Cup: 2014–15
National League: 2017–18
FA Trophy runner-up: 2016–17

Conference Premier Manager of the Month: January 2015

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