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.
Former Luton town manager Gary Brabin has today told a court he did not assault two York City stewards, but instead feared for his own safety. Brabin, 41, was giving evidence at the start of his defence case at Selby Magistrates Court.
During a match at Bootham Crescent last April, he was ordered from the pitch by the referee.
One of two stewards who escorted him to the tunnel claims Brabin head butted him, the other alleges he was elbowed. But Brabin said the way the stewards were manhandling him made that physically impossible.
Brabin denies two charges of assault and one of using threatening words or behaviour. The trial continues.
The former Luton town manager Gary Brabin has gone on trial accused of assaulting two stewards at York City. The offences are alleged to have happened when the teams met at Bootham Crescent in April 2011.
Brabin, who'd been ordered off the pitch by the referee, is accused of head butting one steward and elbowing another. But his defence barrister claims they forced him to the ground and he could not have done it. Brabin denies 2 charges of assault and one of using threatening words or behaviour.
York City's success at Wembley has been praised in a Parliamentary motion. Nine Yorkshire MPs have so far signed an Early Day Motion tabled by the York Central MP Hugh Bayley, congratulating the club on it's "two outstandingly successful victories"
This house congratulates York City Football Club on its two outstandingly successful victories at Wembley in May 2012 to win the FA Trophy and promotion to the Football League;
welcomes the proposal to build a new community stadium in York; and wishes the club every success in its first season back in the Football League.