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‘No thanks’ – Fans have their say as ex-Premier League player expresses interest in York job

‘No thanks’ – Fans have their say as ex-Premier League player Craig Fagan expresses an interest in the York City manager’s job.

BBC Humberside Sport’s Mike White issued a tweet via his @mikewhitesport Twitter account, saying: “Understand ex @HullCity player & former @HullCityAcademy coach Craig Fagan has expressed an interest in the managerial vacancy at “@YorkCityFC.

“It follows the sacking of David Webb. Former Minstermen boss John Askey is the current bookies favourite.”

Craig Fagan is a football coach and former player who was most recently assistant manager of Southend United. He played as a winger or forward, notably in the Premier League for Birmingham City, Derby County and Hull City.

In July 2018, Fagan was appointed to the coaching staff of Hull City’s Academy, then in 2019, he replaced the departing Kevin Maher as under-23 coach at Southend United.

In August 2020, Fagan applied to become the manager of the first team of Southend United, but was later decided by the club that he would not get the role but would continue as the Under 23’s coach. He later went on to get promoted to Assistant Manager at Southend United alongside Phil Brown.

Having made 140 appearances as a player for Hull, Fagan has earned himself a UEFA A license coaching badge and has built himself a reputation in developing youngsters and aiding their promotion to the first team.

Fagan has a UEFA A license coaching badge and has built himself a reputation in developing youngsters and aiding their promotion to the first team.


2002–2004 – Birmingham City – 4 games (0 goals)
2003 → Bristol City (loan) – 7 games (1 goal)
2003–2004 → Colchester United (loan) – 48 games (10 goals)
2004–2005 – Colchester United – 34 games (14 goals)
2005–2007 – Hull City – 84 games (15 goals)
2007–2008 – Derby County – 46 games (2 goals)
2008 → Hull City (loan) – 8 games (0 goals)
2008–2011 – Hull City – 59 games (5 goals)
2011–2012 – Bradford City – 35 games (8 goals)
2013 – Bury – 11 games (1 goal)
2013–2014 – Gillingham – 18 games (2 goals)
2015 – Brunei DPMM – 3 games (0 goals)
Total – 357 games (58 goals)

York City have already confirmed that Michael Morton will lead the team into their Isuzu FA Trophy tie with Southend United this Saturday.

The UEFA ‘A’ licensed coach held key roles in the academies of Leeds United and Manchester City before joining David Webb’s staff at York City.

Morton also previously worked as Head of I2I Academy, during a spell in which the York-based academy produced nine professional footballers, and had his first experience of senior first-team management at Tadcaster Albion.

Upon joining the Minstermen, he was thrust into the deep end, having to lead from the dugout against Woking and Blyth Spartans after David Webb was taken ill.

Morton will be assisted by Scott Barrow, Paddy McLaughlin, and goalkeeping coach Joe Stead.


John Askey – 1/3
Michael Morton – 8/1
Ian Burchnall – 12/1
David Artell – 12/1
Russell Penn – 12/1
Phil Parkinson – 14/1
Craig Fagan – 20/1
Nigel Adkins – 20/1
Graham Alexander – 20/1
Chris Beech – 20/1
Darren Sarll – 25/1
Brian Barry Murphy – 25/1
Mike Williamson – 25/1
Keith Hill – 25/1
Lee Cattermole – 25/1

As mentioned, fans have their say as ex-Premier League player Craig Fagan expresses an interest in the York job…

@_tommyfranklin_: Maybe as a coach but not the manager. Exactly what we don’t need right now.

@FivBear: More gruel please Sir

@YORKnumber9: We should do an. Artful Dodger on this one.

@markxviknott: No.. just no! We’ve got 16 games to save our season… We can’t afford to give another 8+ to someone who’s ‘interested’ in getting his first chance of management..

@geoffArnott: No thanks

@morganzwynne: Yeah we’ll pass.

@brien_del: No thanks

@Ryan7Morris: No thank you. Bring Askey back, that is all we ask.

@pgapro_69: No thanks, bring back Sir John Askey!👍

@DDuck796: No experience in full time first team management, not what we need at the moment so it’s a no from me

@Wathey: As much as I love what Askey did here, we don’t have the best history of people coming back for second spells so I’d be looking elsewhere. Penn is interesting but Kiddy don’t seem to have kicked on from that cup run. Pretty uninspiring list of names imo. #ycfc

@moxon_will: As he has coaching experience and played at a high level I’m not opposed to him being involved in the coaching side. Just the current predicament I think the best bet is go for an experienced manager that can make us tough to beat

@Dan19451945: No thanks experience needed no offence Craig

@LSissoYCFC: Fuck. Off.

@Joel_ycfc: Please no

@WilkieMr: No thanks

@alenbardet: I’m getting emotional about the thought of Askey back leading the team #ycfc

@lammymps: Jog on

@TJ05YC: No. John Askey put this squad together John Askey must be given the chance to continue after a disgusting interruption. He’ll hit the ground running while others are working out which system and side to field and valuable points are going down the drain.

@Rathman30: No, absolutely wrong type of candidate for the position we are in

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