John Askey has been made a new offer by Macclesfield Town in a bid to warn off interest from other suitors.

The news comes just hours after the club’s vital 4-1 win over title rivals, Tranmere Rovers, which extended their lead at the top of the table. In recent days Mr Askey has been at the centre of speculation linking him with the vacant Grimsby Town job.

Rumours were fuelled earlier this week after bookies stopped taking bets on Mr Askey joining the Mariners. However, following the decisive win, the powers that be at the club have made a firm stance to end further unwanted distractions.

In an official statement on Maccelsfield’s website, it said: “Given what John and the team have achieved this season, this is inevitable. But at this stage it is just speculation.

“There has been no formal approach made to the Club from another Club seeking permission to speak to John and it goes without saying that the Club do not want to allow anything to happen that may get in the way of the Club’s return to the EFL.

“In recognition of John’s achievements so far this season, in January the Club offered him a substantial reward for guiding the Club to promotion this season and the Club is currently in discussions with John to further improve that offer.”

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