John Askey has left Port Vale.
The manager has lost his job after a run of just six points from 12 games as the Vale have fallen out of play-off contention and are now just five points above the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s home game with second-from-bottom Grimsby Town.
His assistant manager Dave Kevan has also left the club. First team coach Danny Pugh has been appointed as interim manager.
The decision brings to an end Askey’s 23 months in charge of the Vale as his otherwise successful spell has been undone by an awful sequence of results.
Askey was brought in by former owner Norman Smurthwaite initially to keep Vale in the Football league after Neil Aspin resigned at the end of January 2019.
Aspin had managed to keep Vale in the division the previous season but the club was heading for a third straight relegation fight. Askey kept Vale up that season and was rewarded with a three-year contract by new owners Carol and Kevin Shanahan in the summer of 2019.
Askey then rejuvenated the side, taking them to eighth-place last season. In fact, Vale were on an eight-game unbeaten run and seemingly on course for the play-offs when the season was cut short in March and subsequently settled on points per game.
Vale started this season brightly and were in the play-off places, but suffered an FA Cup defeat at home to National League side King’s Lynn Town before league results started to unravel.
That culminated in a 4-0 defeat at Mansfield on Saturday and the decision to part company with the manager.
Now Vale are looking for their sixth manager in under five years.
Vale say: “Port Vale have today parted company with Manager John Askey and Assistant Manager Dave Kevan.
“First Team Coach Danny Pugh takes charge of the First Team until further notice.
“The Port Vale Board of Directors would like to thank John and Dave for their service to the club and wish them all the best for the future.”