York City need a point from their final game of the season on Saturday to make absolutely sure they aren't relegated from the Football League. John Shires spoke to long serving captain Chris Smith ahead of the vital clash at relegation rivals Dagenham & Redbridge.
In the wake of Gary Mills' sacking as manager of York City, we've been to speak to the club's Communications Director Sophie Hicks about the board's decision to dispense with Mills' services as well as their search for his replacement.
York City have sacked manager Gary Mills after the League 2 side lost 2-0 to Bradford City. York have had a run of 11 games without a win. In a statement, the club's board of directors said its absolute priority is to safeguard the club’s Football League status.
It is with regret that the York City Board of Directors has terminated the contract of manager, Gary Mills, with immediate effect. The recent playing form, which has resulted in the team achieving only 6 points out of a possible 33 points, has led the Board to this extremely difficult decision.
The York City Board of Directors’ absolute priority is to safeguard the Club’s Football League status and an improvement in results is essential due to our current League position.
– Statement, York City Board of Directors.
The Board added their thanks to Gary Mills for his "great contribution to York City Football Club and for managing last season’s promotion team. We wish Gary the very best for his future career." The club says it hopes to make an announcement about a new manager within the next week.
York are 18th in the League 2 table and just four points above the drop zone. Mills, a European Cup winner as a player with Nottingham Forest in1980, was appointed as manager at York in October 2010 and led the club to promotion back into the football league last season.
After 8 years in the wilderness York City return to football league action with the visit of Wycombe Wanderers to Bootham Crescent. Boss Gary Mills will hope to build on last season's success when they returned from 2 Wembley finals with 2 trophies.
The FA Trophy final win over Newport was followed up a week later with a Conference play-off final win that secured promotion to League 2. Supporters are being urged to arrive early to collect season tickets as a high number of people are expected.
The former Luton Town Manager, Gary Brabin, has been convicted of using threatening behaviour towards staff at York City. But after a three day trial, the 41 year old was cleared of the more serious charges of assault as Tina Gelder reports.