Paul Hurst linked with remarkable return to Shrewsbury Town but Gary Bowyer is the early favourite

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 November 2018, 15:30

The Sack Race has exploded into action as John Askey becomes the third Football League managerial casualty in the last 24 hours after Shrewsbury Town terminated his contract at New Meadow.

Askey’s exit comes shortly after fellow League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon revealed that Neal Ardley had left after six years at the helm, while on Sunday night Phil Brown left his post at League Two outfit Swindon Town.

Former Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer has been installed as the early favourite to replace Askey at Shrewsbury, and he can already be found as the odds-on favourite to return to management with the club.

However, the stand-out name in the frame is undoubtedly Paul Hurst, who famously led the Shrews to the third-tier play-off final last season.

The club agonisingly missed out on promotion, and Hurst was then lured up a division by Ipswich Town, however he endured a nightmare tenure, winning only one of 15 games before the Tractor Boys wielded the axe in October.

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley is also in the mix alongside Paul Heckingbottom, Darren Ferguson, and Ian Holloway.

Meanwhile, in a statemen,t the club revealed that Danny Coyne has been placed in caretaker charge for the Checkatrade Trophy trip to Crewe on Tuesday night.

“Shrewsbury Town can confirm the club have parted company with manager John Askey.

“Assistant manager, John Filan and first team coach George Pilkington have also left the club.

“Shrewsbury Town would like to place on record it’s thanks to John, John and George for their hardwork and dedication during their time at the club, and we wish them all well for the future.

“Danny Coyne will take charge of the Checkatrade Trophy trip to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night.

“We will bring comment from CEO Brian Caldwell shortly.”

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