Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite has described as ‘complete rubbish’ reports that Macclesfield manager John Askey has been interviewed for the vacant manager’s job at Vale Park.

Askey became bookies’ favourite for the job, but Smurthwaite told fans over the weekend that speculation he was the club’s number one target was wide of the mark.

He has gone further by taking to Twitter to say the Valiants have not interviewed Askey or made any approach to him.

The owner tweeted: “It has been stated that J Askey has been interviewed for the vacancy. This is complete rubbish and no approach has been made by PVFC to him.”

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