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York City sack and replace their manager after ‘ugly scenes’ marr match

York City sack and replace their manager after ‘ugly scenes’ marr their match which played out to a 0-0 draw at Curzon Ashton.

The Minstermen have appointed John Askey as manager until the end of the season after Steve Watson and Micky Cummins left the club.

York currently sit 11th in the National League North table, picking up 19 points from 13 games played, and were just 2 points from the playoff places.


We can confirm that Steve Watson has left York City Football Club with immediate effect.

After the game today there has been a conversation with Steve and we have mutually agreed that it hasn’t worked out as anticipated and therefore, we need to part company.

Assistant-manager Micky Cummins will also leave the football club with immediate effect.

John Askey has been appointed interim manager until the end of the season.

The Board feels that this outcome will give the club the best possible opportunity of achieving promotion this season.

We would like to thank Steve and Micky for their contribution to the club and we wish them both well for the future.

Watson came into the club from Gateshead in January 2019. York were second in what should have been his first full season in charge, however that was abandoned in March because of the pandemic. Thanks to pressure from the Minstermen, the authorities agreed to playoffs but York were beaten in the semi finals.

They finally moved into a long-awaited new stadium in February, shortly before the 2020-21 campaign was also abandoned with the team eighth.

Askey is a former Macclesfield Town, Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale player who joined the coaching staff in November to support Watson “on a temporary basis”.

 During the second half, Watson and Jason Gilchrist were on the receiving end of verbal abuse from two or three supporters near the dugout as the latter prepared to come on off the bench.

There were a number of punches thrown as York’s fans left the ground. It is unclear which section of supporters was involved in the incident.

“It’s not been an easy season for lots of reasons,” said manager Watson. “There’s so much going on and we’ve got to keep calm heads.

“My job is to keep the players calm and keep their confidence high to get them ready for a Saturday. That’s all I can do.

“Whatever is going on on the terraces or in the boardroom, I can’t have an input on that, I’ve got to take care of the football side of things.”

Watson added of the incident involving Gilchrist: “Getting screamed at from 10 yards when you’re trying to do your job is difficult, especially when some of the statements were just mind-boggling.

“It’s awful but I can’t let that affect us, especially when it didn’t make any sense.

“We had to let that die down and let the stewards do their job and get the right sub made to try to get the right outcome.

“It’s not football. They seem to think that they’re entitled to do it. I can’t really get involved and I’m not getting into a slanging match.”

Fans reacted as York City sack and replace their manager after ‘ugly scenes’ marr the match against Curzon Ashton…

@Dudajdc: Sad news … he is better out of it given shocking scenes today by so called fans !! Players have let him down and injuries to key players have not helped thanks Steve and Mickey no denying they have given it 100%

@gregsonmichael1: Get @curtiswoodhous8 in he would do wonders!

@Genty86: This is going to be one of those what if situations. The best part of 3 years at the club and not 1 full season. Win % overall the best of all city managers albeit at the lowest level ever. We can’t go on like this. We know that change needs to come elsewhere. All the best Steve.

@MikePannett: With a heavy heart – this is absolutely the right decision. We need to take stock of where we are as a football club – it’s simply not good enough given the infrastructure the club has. Onwards #YCFC 👍🏼 Best wishes to the interim manager and the players. #ComeOnCity. @iaindunn1

@brien_del: Something very telling about his interview after the game re can’t control what’s going on behind the scenes. Clubs a basket case

@DerwentReds: Wrong move

@robinbowes: I disagree. Three years. No sign of producing a team that could perform consistently or score goals regularly. I called this out even when we were top of the league two years ago.

@GarryVaux: so did Watson bring in Askey or did the board bring him in with this in mind?

@garyrodgers49: Didn’t expect that and I think it’s a mistake. York City need continuity and a solid base and that’s what Steve was doing. I’ve supported the board all along and Jason. I hope and pray this is the right decision. #ycfc

@DunnDunny: Shithousery that is football! Thought Askey was his mate? Wishing Watto all the best for the future as that has clearly come as a shock to him, the merry-go-round begins, again!

@LucanHawes: Players need to take good look at themselves. OK playing well in friendlies to get everyones hopes up then turn into dustbins that look like they’ve a ton weight in em when the real stuff starts. Mickey was stupid (betting) but I feel for Watto. Hope Askey pulls summat out

@theSasquatch74: Needed a change,just hope Askey does a decent job as I don’t trust the powers that cock things up to make a good appointment

@trs_75: #McgillOut #SackTheBoard

@SamDaly75982661: #SackTheBoard

@yorkcityreports: Good decision we were not going anywhere other than a 10th place finish under Watson a good manger but not the right fit for York

@GarryGibb: Still 50/50 on this lots of injuries this season hasn’t helped, but some of Watsons selections and tactics smelt of desperation.

@NathanClayLaw: Disappointing. The last 2 seasons could have seen promotion bar Covid, but they have been hit and miss this season. I don’t think sacking him now is right and he’s also the current Manager of the Month! Let’s see if anyone else can do a better job with this bunch #ycfc #york

@mgwrexham: Bit filthy that isn’t it? Askey comes in to help and then nicks his job!!!

@DarrenBarton10: Until mcgill goes irrelevant

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