Brian Caldwell gives his views on the appointment of John Askey
Shrewsbury Town and CEO Brian Caldwell are delighted to have appointed John Askey as the clubs new manager.
Askey will replace Paul Hurst at the helm of the club, as Hurst has moved to Ipswich Town.
Caldwell was pleased he was able to secure his and the Chairman’s number one target swiftly going into the 2018/19 season.
“We’re delighted to get it over the line and I think more importantly we got it done quickly,” Brian said.
“We’re very grateful for Macclesfield Town for allowing us to speak to John initially and for helping us get this over the line as quickly as possible.
“Being in the Ipswich situation, we were in limbo for 48 hours, but we are delighted we have been able to conclude this quickly.
“It was great to get John on board and I’m sure he will be a successful manager going forward.”
Brian feels Askey is the right man to take the club forward and had been monitoring the manager’s progress leading up to the appointment.
“We have been monitoring the managerial situation over the last year, especially with Paul being linked with so many jobs,” said the CEO.
“We always had to have a plan B and a list of potentials that you would maybe look to push for and John was on mine and the Chairman’s list too.
“I think John has a lot of attributed and he’s done exceptionally well on a very, very low budget and he has totally punched above his weight in the national league.”
“He was at his previous club for a long time and there is a lot of loyalty there. he turned down Grimsby to earlier on in the season because he wanted to try and win the league for Macclesfield.
“He showed loyalty and stayed on, I think he gets the best out of players. He’s very honest and straight. I’m sure he will be a very good fit.
“He’s ambitious, he’s somebody who wants to do better and someone who can get the best out of the squad and punch above his weight.
Brian feels John has impressed during his time at Macclesfield and the interview process, including winning the league with relegation favourites.
“Everything that I’d heard about him and read about him. He’s very calm and very honest, sometimes that can be a major characteristic for a manager,” said Brian.
“I think players deserve honesty and you can see straight away that he was going to be honest with us from the start and I’m sure that it certainly makes a difference to the players.”