Manic Monday: Askey sacked as Shrewsbury Boss

John Askey has been sacked as manager of Shrewsbury Town.

Askey won just four of his games in charge and his dismissal means all three of the managers who changed jobs because of Paul Hurst leaving Ipswich are now out of work. Mark Yates, who replaced Askey at Macclesfield, was first to go, quickly followed by Hurst at Ipswich. Askey lasted the longest, but a 1-1 draw with Salford City in the FA Cup this weekend has sealed his fate.

He’s the third boss to lose his job inside 24 hours, with Phil Brown leaving Swindon and Neal Ardley leaving AFC Wimbledon.

Askey, who won the National League in May with Macclesfield, spent just 17 League One games in charge at the New Meadow. As well as the boss, assistant boss John Filan and first-team coach George Pilkington have also been relieved of their duties just five months into their tenure.

The failure to beat big-spending Salford City seems to have been the last straw, with angry supporters calling for his head after yesterday’s 1-1 draw.

The club statement said: “Shrewsbury Town can confirm the club have parted company with manager John Askey. Assistant manager, John Filan and first team coach George Pilkington have also left the club.”

“Shrewsbury Town would like to place on record it’s thanks to John, John and George for their hardwork and dedication during their time at the club, and we wish them all well for the future. Danny Coyne will take charge of the Checkatrade Trophy trip to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night.”

“We will bring comment from CEO Brian Caldwell shortly.”

Caldwell recently reacted to speculation that the club could not afford to sack Askey, branding it a ‘pack of lies, malicious and total fabrication’.

Our View

This has truly surprised us, of all the sackings in the last 24 hours, we didn’t see this one coming.

Shrewsbury usually give a manager time to work and develop his squad, but they’ve reacted hastily here. The departures during the summer were always going to hit the side hard and surely he was worthy of at least another month. What can a new man do now? Not sign players, that is for sure.

We wonder how much Paul Hurst’s availability has prompted the move?

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