York City manager Nigel Worthington has resigned

Walked away… Nigel Worthington. Photograph: YorkMix
13 Oct 2014 @ 10.45 am
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On his way… Nigel Worthington
York City announced on Monday (October 13) that Nigel Worthington has resigned as manager.

It comes after City endured a poor start to the new season, culminating in a 3-1 defeat at Newport. In 12 league matches this season, the club has won only one, drawn seven and lost four.

He said it was “in the best interests of York City” that he go, and that his decision will give the players the time they need to finish in a good position in the league.

The board said it accepted his resignation “with great sadness” and described him as a gentleman who was a pleasure to work with.

York City currently languish 22nd in the 24-team League Two table, only off the relegation places on goal difference

Nigel’s ups and downs

nigel-worthington-cut-outNigel Worthington, a former Northern Ireland footballer and boss of Norwich City was appointed manager of York City in March 2013.

Nigel took over from Gary Mills, who was sacked despite guiding City back into the league after eight years of non-league football.

Mills was ousted when City slipped down the League Two table and looked at risk of being relegated back to the Conference.

Worthington turned the club’s fortunes around. A victory away at Dagenham & Redbridge on the last day of the season secured City’s league status and they finished 17th.

After a slow start to the 2013-2014 season, the team put together a great run in the New Year which propelled them into the play-offs.

But another Wembley appearance was denied the Minstermen. After a 17-match unbeaten run they took on Fleetwood in the play-off semi final. A 1-0 defeat at Bootham Crescent was enough to take Fleetwood through.

Nigel Worthington picture by Mattythewhite on Wikimedia

Nigel Worthington’s statement

“After Saturday’s result and in the best interests of York City, I have made the difficult decision to leave the club with immediate effect.

“I feel the timing of my departure will give the players ample number of games to gain the points needed to ensure York City finishes in a good position in League Two by the end of the season.

“In recent weeks, performances have not been up to my high standards and I take full responsibility for this as manager.

“I would like to thank the Board and the McGill family for their tremendous support during my time at the club. We have had a great working relationship and they have given me all the assistance I have needed.

“The supporters and the players should be very grateful to them for their loyalty, commitment and hard work in trying to take this football club forward.

“I have enjoyed a wonderful time at York City over the past 18 months.

“The fans have been fantastic throughout and I have appreciated all their support. The experience would not have been the same without the friendship of all the staff at the club.

“In particular, I would like to thank my assistant, Steve Torpey, for his loyalty and dedication to me and York City Football Club.

“It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to have been manager of York City and I very much wish the club every success for the future.”

York City board statement

“It is with great sadness that Nigel Worthington has decided to leave the club.

“He has been a pleasure to work with and we could not have asked for a more professional and hard working manager.

“We will always be grateful to him for the huge contribution he made in maintaining our Football League status and for the great times we had reaching the play-offs last season.

“We respect the decision he has taken and understand it has been made in the best interests of York City Football Club.

“We thank Nigel for all he has achieved in making York City a better football club and the legacy he leaves.

“He has been a gentleman throughout his time at the club and will be missed by us all.

“We now must focus on the appointment of a new manager and ensuring we secure the services of the right person to take York City Football Club forward.”