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York City Sack Manager Jackie McNamara, Only To Make Him CEO Six Days Later

Conor O'Leary
By Conor O'Leary
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It's the greatest comeback since Lazarus.

Former Celtic great Jackie McNamara has had quite an interesting week. After agreeing to step down as manager if York City didn't get a positive result against Braintree last Saturday, McNamara decided to resign after they could only manage a 1-1 draw.

However, the relegation threatened club wanted to keep McNamara on as the caretaker manager "in order to assist the managerial transition period”.


Gary Mills returned to York City, the club he lead to promotion to League Two, after he was sacked as Wrexham manager on Tuesday. You would think that that would be the end of McNamara in York - but instead the club decided to appoint the 42-year-old as their CEO on Sunday morning:

YORK City Football Club has appointed Jackie McNamara as Chief Executive with immediate effect.

Jackie will focus on all operational aspects of the Club with specific attention paid to the development of a communication strategy, effective both internally and externally, administration management, aspects of the Academy, aspects of the Foundation and commerciality to name just a few of the areas of his involvement. When required by the First Team Manager, assistance will also be provided by the Chairman and Chief Executive, especially in relation to certain financial aspects of the playing budget. It is imperative that we support the First Team Manager by taking away the non-playing issues so he can focus on results.

It has become abundantly clear that a full-time Chief Executive is required at York City Football Club and Jackie is keen to implement and conclude the work we began to overhaul the Club from top to bottom confirmed in the Chairman’s Statement in April this year.

McNamara had only been manager of York since last November, and had overseen the club drop to just three wins in their last 14 games.

See Also: The 2003/2004 Celtic Team That Beat Barcelona: Where Are They Now?



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