York City boss Jackie McNamara will still leave the club, even if results improve.

It was announced on Monday that McNamara would be stepping down from his managerial role at Bootham Crescent after a poor start to the season, but agreed to stay on with the team until a replacement had been found. Speculation has been rising that a positive result against Chester on Saturday could lead to the Scot staying on with the club, but the Glaswegian native quashed this idea in an interview with TalkSPORT radio. He told the station:

“No, that won’t be happening because, the next game we lose, it would just bring it all back again. I had a good chat with the players on Monday and explained the thinking behind it and that it was best for another person to come in with another voice.”

The ex-Celtic captain even hinted that the players had stopped responding to his tactical instructions during the game against Braintree Town, something which reinforced his resolve to leave:

“Even if we had won 1-0 at Braintree and, although the players had given me everything and wanted to stay, I wanted them to pass the ball more and I wasn’t getting that.”

No-one has been linked with the job yet, but the club expect to have identified and installed the new manager within the next two weeks.