Jackie McNamara’s York City career took another unlikely change of direction on Sunday morning after the side’s former manager (and then caretaker manager) was appointed as chief executive less than a week after he announced he was leaving the club.
As manager, McNamara had overseen a downward spiral at the club with relegation from the Football League last season, and a record of winning just three and losing eight of their first 14 fixtures of this campaign. After a 6-1 thrashing at Guiseley, McNamara offered to step down if there was no positive result against Braintree last Saturday. After a 1-1 draw, he decided to resign as manager – however, the club retained him as caretaker manager “in order to assist the managerial transition period”.
Now, though, with the former Wrexham manager Gary Mills appointed as the York first-team coach, McNamara has been appointed chief executive.
“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,” the club said in a statement.
“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.”
The club also announced that the move would allow the chairman, Jason McGill, to concentrate on other business interests by focusing “more of his time to JM Packaging Ltd, which has seen substantial growth over the last six months, with the successful gaining of significant new customers”.
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