John Askey becomes Shrewsbury Town Manager on a three-year deal
Shrewsbury Town are delighted to announce that John Askey has been appointed as the club's new Manager on a three-year deal after agreeing compensation with Macclesfield Town.
The 53-year-old joins from Macclesfield and replaces Paul Hurst, who joined Ipswich Town on Wednesday.
Askey has been with the Silkmen since 1984, first as a player and then as Youth Team Manager, Assistant Manager, and twice as the First-Team Manager.
His second-spell in charge with Macclesfield started in 2013 and he has taken charge of over 250 games since then.
He guided them to the final of the FA Trophy in the 2016/17 season, losing to York City in the final, and then followed that up by winning the National League by 10 points last season to gain promotion back to the EFL for the first time since 2012.
This will be Askey’s first managerial spell away from Moss Rose and he is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m excited about the challenge ahead”, John told ShrewsWeb.
“It’s all happened so quickly, but it’s a great move for me. Last season you had a great season and it’s whether we can reproduce that again. Obviously, we will be trying our best and I am looking forward to it.
“It’s a big wrench to come and it had to be something special for me to come. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and testing myself.
“Everything’s set-up to do well. Obviously you’ve got a great Chairman and everything I hear about the club is good, whether it’s from players or whether it’s been from managers, so that’s the reason why I’ve come.”
John’s first job will be build a squad for next season and he is excited by the squad that he has inherited.
“I know a lot of the players, I’ve seen them play, a lot of them have played at a lower level and they’re hungry, and they’ve show this season what they can do”, said John.
“The secret now it to reproduce that again. We will be trying our hardest and I’m sure the players will be. If they can give the same effort that they showed last season then there’s no reason why they can’t.
“My hopes are to get Shrewsbury promoted. Whether that will be next season, or in another year or two, you’ve got to aim high and it’s about winning – that’s my job.”