Neil Aspin resigns as Port Vale manager
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 30/01/19 12:46pm
Neil Aspin has resigned as the manager of Port Vale following Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Newport County.
Aspin leaves the League Two side after less than 15 months in charge with the club on a run of one win in 12 games in all competitions.
Sky Sports News understands Harry Kewell and John Askey are the front runners to step in to the role with both having held talks with the club's chairman.
"To put an end to the constant speculation regarding my future I have decided that in the best interests of Port Vale FC that I must resign with immediate effect," Aspin said in a statement.
"Anyone who knows me and who knows my association with the club as a player and now manager will know it is a very difficult decision and one I haven't taken lightly.
"I inherited a very difficult job with the club staring relegation in the face. I am very proud of the job we did in keeping the club in League Two and we leave the club in a better place on and off the pitch.
"I fully accept results from December have been poor and expected to be higher up the table and know the players are capable of doing that.
"I have also had to contend with an ongoing personal legal dispute since I have been at the Club which has placed me under additional pressure.
"I would like to thank the chairman for giving me the opportunity to manage the club and his full support during my time at Port Vale. I would also like to thank my assistant manager, Lee Nogan, for his support along with my other staff who will remain at the club to provide stability.
I would like to finish by thanking the Port Vale supporters for giving me such a warm welcome and thank them for their support in what has been a difficult period. The one thing I haven't had since I've been at the club is a bit of luck which is what every manager needs. Hopefully a change of manager will bring this."
Port Vale are currently 18th in the Sky Bet League Two table, six points above the relegation zone.