York City sack boss by ‘making him stand next to printer as P45 printed out’

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    York City have sacked their manager after making him stand next to a printer as the letter confirming his dismissal printed out.

    John Askey admitted he was left "hurt" by the manner in which he was sacked after just over a year in charge of the National League club. It was only last season when the 58-year-old led the Minstermen to promotion from the National League North.

    "To have to stand in front of a printer and wait for a letter to be printed off and then be given it to see that I had been sacked… that hurt me more than anything," he told BBC Radio York. I'm disappointed with how it's been done.

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    "They talked about me coming in to talk to them and said it was about my contract. I said if it was about my contract I would need legal help and they said just to come in and pick the letter up. I think I deserve better than that. I think anybody does."

    Askey was a hugely popular figure at the club where fans credit him with their promotion last year. York currently sit 12th in the league and are without a win since 15 October in all competitions.

    However, the club released a statement insisting that Askey had asked to leave at the start of November – a claim that the former City boss has denied.

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    "The reason I said what I said was after the chairman's interview. I felt undermined and that there was no encouragement," he said.

    "I said that I couldn't work with an owner or chairman who is doing this all the time. That's what I said, I didn't say I wanted to leave.

    "It started in pre-season with the chairman going to the players and asking if they were happy with the style of play. He said when we won promotion that he didn't think we were playing good football. It's not what you want to hear as a manager."

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