GLEN HENDERSON refused to be drawn on his behind-the-scenes spats with former York City manager John Askey in his first interview since the shock sacking.

Askey was dismissed as York boss last month to the dismay of City supporters, having led the club to promotion from the Vanarama National League North, a mid-table standing in the National League and an Isuzu FA Trophy semi-final in the space of 12 months.

A clash of personalities between Askey and Henderson is believed to have led to the former's sudden departure.

Speaking to the media for the first time since the decision to remove Askey, chairman Henderson told BBC Radio York: “I take nothing away from what John did. He got us promoted. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.

“Certain things happened. I’m not going to go into them.

"If people think I’d just get rid of somebody just for the sake of getting rid of somebody, they obviously don’t know who I am. We’ve moved on from that (now).”

In the aftermath of Askey's departure, 'Henderson Out' banners have been displayed at the LNER Community Stadium.

“I’ve had a lot of reaction to changing the guard with the manager and with other things around the club," Henderson continued.

“I have the backing of the people and my family and I have a vision which will be shared with the public. I’m asking for the time to do that vision.

“I will get backlash. People will love me or hate me. I’m never going to make everyone happy.

"I just hope the people give me the chance to show them that actions speak louder than words.”

Askey has since been replaced by former Tottenham Hotspur academy coach and head of elite potential identification David Webb.

Due to illness, Webb has not yet sat in the dugout, with assistant manager Michael Morton leading the side to victories over Woking (0-2) and Blyth Spartans (5-0) in the National League and FA Trophy respectively.

Henderson enthused: “The results so far have been great. The football is really good. The new management team share the same vision as us.

“I’ve picked probably two of the best people to come into the football club in a while.

“They embody everything about football, whether that’s being brilliant on the grass, having a knowledge of the game, transfers and raising players. And they’ve worked at some massive clubs.

“I’m 110 per cent sure we’re going in the right direction and the players are buying into it. I don’t think the players have been as tight or have wanted to work this hard for a manager.

“Everything is falling into place as far as the football side of things are going.”

Webb arrives at York to take on his first managerial position in first-team football.

“I have taken a chance on him," Henderson admitted. "But the world is changing. Everybody has to have a chance at something they haven’t done before.

“David has coached at academies and been around some of the leading coaches in the world – (Mauricio) Pochettino and Eddie Howe.

“He’s been there, he’s seen it and he’s done it. He’s seen how to take a club forward. In Mikey (Morton) and the other staff, they’re brilliant on the grass and have great knowledge on football.

“They’re willing to sit down and talk to you and willing to sit down and talk to the players and figure out how to make you better.

“That’s what I feel we’ve been lacking and that’s what we need around the entire football club.

“In business, you take risks every day of your life. For me, I think this is a shoe-in and we’re going to see some good things.”