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York City chairman speaks out as fans protest and results hit new low

York City chairman Jason McGill speaks out as fans protest and results hit a new low after the club lost 3-0 to Bradford (Park Avenue).

2,759 fans watched an uninspiring Minstermen side fall to their 10th league defeat of the season and remain 14th in National League North.

The chairman – who played a huge part in saving the club from extinction just under 20 years ago – paid tribute to the club’s fanbase despite the lowest level in its history and reassured them that he is “still passionate” about the club.

As Chairman of the Football Club and on behalf of the board of directors, we would like to issue an apology to our loyal fanbase.

We know our supporters are hurting and we are too. I have been a supporter for 48 years, attending my first match when I was 8 and have stayed with the club through thick and thin, donating £50,000 when the club was on the brink of extinction in 2003 and providing funding to the club as Chairman since 2006. The majority of current board members are also lifetime supporters of the club and work in a voluntary capacity.

The fans deserve better from what has happened since season 2015/2016 and this season the results on the playing side have hit new lows.

I think back to the recent highs of winning at Wembley twice in 2012 and reaching the League Two playoffs in 2014. We need that feeling back at the football club and I am determined to steer the club in the right direction and out of the rut we are in. I am still passionate about York City Football Club.

Having sat down individually with each staff member across all departments over the past few weeks, I have seen first-hand the work and desire to improve our situation.

It was the correct decision to change Manager in November because it showed on the pitch that the results and performances were not good enough and we were falling behind what we consider acceptable with the level of our playing budget for the division. A change was needed sooner rather than later.

The Sporting Director, Dave Penney and I are in constant communication with John Askey to support him with the playing side with John having the final say. The signs have been positive with players leaving and fresh blood coming into the club who have been identified, analysed, and trialled behind closed doors before signing.

Further investment into the playing squad has been approved and supporters can expect changes in the coming weeks to allow us the best chance of promotion this season. We believe John is the best man to take this football club forward in the second half of this campaign. It has proved to be a difficult task to recruit new players whilst the transfer window is open, hopefully, this will improve next week.

I must also highlight that your support throughout this period has been incredible. The fact that we can still bring 2,800 through the gates on a Tuesday night against Bradford Park Avenue and average an attendance some Football League clubs would dream of, is remarkable. This is a testament to your loyalty and the bond you have with the club.

I ask that every section of the fanbase gets behind the team on the pitch for a big game this Saturday against Gateshead, whatever your concerns are about the current board of directors, it is in everyone’s interests that our great club wins the on-pitch battle and progresses in the right direction.

Thank you for your continued support.

Twitter users reacted as the York City chairman speaks out as fans protest and results hit a new low…

@garyrodgers49: Well done Jason. You have the best interests of York City at heart, I’m sure. Reviving the club will take much planning; and patience to see it through. The last two games were bad but we can recover. Let’s see signs on Saturday. #ycfc @thecrescent78 @iaindunn1 @BBCYorkSport

@JoeBillGibbo: Oooh, look at me! I put some money in when most of the lads who stand in the South Stand weren’t even born

@8days2trophies: Could be a reset of his chairmanship, dialogue and inclusion with the fan groups, open leadership, plans for now and the future. I think it would be a good start to attend games and feeling the pain that loyal City fans are going through. I’ll wait and see, no holdings my breath

@bobbinsoncrusoe: More of a reminder of how great he is than an apology, largely it’s just an attempt to get fans off his and the boards back for a bit with the ‘lets get behind the team and things will magically be better’ type bullshit.

@DarrenBarton10: Beyond belief just go u have took the club from the football league to the bottom half of national league north, leave the club take Penney with you

@postmanplod69: York just remind me of how we were, a proud ex football league team struggling in the 6th tier but still have that loyal fan base, at least now things are so much rosier for us and I hope you find a owner who’s prepared to invest in the club like we have.

@SaxtonYorkie: Promotion? You are more likely to oversee another relegation. You should know your time is up now. Take your money out and let someone else take things forward.

@kentwix12: Please sell up and leave, Jason. Regards,

@iandwightbenton: He clearly heard a boycott was on the cards and that hurts the pockets – the club needs change. If you ain’t going anywhere then at least remove Penney

@YorkBills: Ha ha. Basically it says “I’m mint. I’ve spoken to people I’ve ignored for years. I’ve not looked at the league table. Please don’t cause any bother on Saturday”

@GSurgenor: You only want everyone to attend to put more money in your pocket!

@JWG_24: So we’re still aiming to get promoted this season are we? Throwing a load more money at it before finishing mid-table as usual in this league. Jason, please – restore what’s left of your dignity and let us know your plans for selling up. This short term mentally is no good.

@RNewbould: He sat down individually with each staff member? I’d love to know what he said to Newton, probably a lengthy chat about how well “Newtz” modelling career is going

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