McNamara outlines blueprint for winter window

York City manager Jackie McNamara.
York City manager Jackie McNamara.
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York City manager Jackie McNamara says he has plans afoot for the January transfer window – but would not be drawn on the players he intends to bring to the club.

McNamara admits he has taken a long-term view of the winter window, having been given time to prepare for what could be a pivotal period in his quest to keep the Minstermen in the Football League.

York were bottom of League Two when the former Dundee United manager arrived on November 4, 2015, although they have now climbed to the safety of 22nd after four points from their last two games.

While he did some initial firefighting, bringing in the likes of Kenny McEvoy from Tottenham Hotspur on an emergency loan basis, McNamara has used the additional time to prepare for January.

He said: “We identified positions when we first came in. We also made decisions on certain players a few weeks after we came in here. Those have not changed.

“A couple of lads who came in on emergency loans, the younger ones on the last day after the Portsmouth defeat, they need to be addressed.

“We have had a bit more time to be prepared this month, coming into the window, and we will use that. We will make sure that if someone is going to come in, they will help us, and we have had a bit more time to be sure of that.”

Although they were brought in at speed, McNamara has been impressed by some of the players who joined the club on a temporary basis. He intends to extend a few deals, and is currently engaged in discussions with parent clubs over potentially doing so.

“We have spoken to a few of them,” added McNamara.

“We are still in the process of doing that, and we are hopeful that we can get one or two extended, so I think once we do that we will make everyone aware.”

Beyond signings, returning players have been a real boost to McNamara’s team.

“Certain personnel have come back and helped,” continued McNamara.

“Others have stepped up, Dave Winfield has popped up with two goals in two games and done well.

“I think having some of the players come back has given us a real help in the last two games.

“Even at Bristol Rovers with players coming back, it took them until the 93rd minute to beat us.”