During the week York City boss, Jackie McNamara publicly stated that unless his team had a positive performance against Braintree Town he would walk away from the club. This followed an abysmal 6-1 defeat to Guiseley on Tuesday night, which happened to be the victors first win of the season after 14 games.
McNamara joined York in November 2015 but was unable to keep the club in the Football League. This season they have struggled to adapt to life in Non League, and currently find themselves 19th with only 3 wins on the board. Understandably, City’s fans have become more than frustrated at the situation the club finds themselves in. Touted by many as being potential league champions, they currently seem more likely to be heading into relegation than promotion.
Following the mid-week rout, former Celtic great McNamara stated that things had to improve against Braintree, anything else would mean he would resign. With minutes to go, the Minstermen were leading 1-0. It looked like Jackie would last another week. Then in the 88th minute disaster struck, when the Essex outfit were awarded a penalty which Lee Barnard quickly dispatched to level the game. The match finished 1-1 and all expected to hear of another manager departure. However, when McNamara spoke to BBC Radio York he said, “I’ll have a chat with the chairman in the bus and make my decision based on that”. He continued, “I have some thinking to do. I’d speak to the chairman first as obviously he’s the most important person.”
The coach journey from Essex to York gives McNamara plenty of time to talk to Chairman Jason McGill about his future, but rumours late Saturday evening suggest the situation is slightly more complicated. There have been suggestions from many sources, that McNamara is currently not being paid and has been putting his own money into the club. This would obviously make it hard for McGill to fire him, and also for McNamara to walk away before a repayment deal was agreed.
Whether or not the rumour is true, over the coming days eyes will be firmly fixed on Bootham Crescent awaiting McNamara’s decision on whether he stays or goes.