Western Morning News

Port Vale sack boss

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PORT Vale have dismissed manager John Askey and his assistant Dave Kevan after winning only one of their last 12 Sky Bet League Two fixtures.

A 4-0 loss at Mansfield on Saturday proved the final straw for the former Macclesfie­ld boss, who took over at Vale Park in February 2019.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent and having been a youth team player at the club, the 56-year-old described his appointmen­t as “coming home” and staved off the threat of relegation in his first campaign.

Last season Vale finished eighth on points per game when the term was cut short due to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Following three consecutiv­e league wins in October, Vale were firmly in the play-off picture again, but they lost their next five games after an embarrassi­ng FA Cup first-round exit to King’s Lynn.

Vale’s reverse last weekend left them 17th in the table and only five points off the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s home match with Grimsby.

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