Morecambe v York City: Pride at stake for broken Minstermen

York manager Jackie McNamara.
York manager Jackie McNamara.
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JACKIE McNAMARA has urged his York City players to bow out of the Football League “with a bit of pride”.

The Minstermen’s fate was sealed a fortnight ago and the final game of their four-year stay in League Two sees Jackie McNamara’s men travel to Morecambe this afternoon.

“It might be their last game for the club so go out there with a bit of pride,” said the City manager, who took in Grimsby Town’s National League play-off semi-final defeat to Braintree on Thursday night as a taster of what he can expect in the National League.

“We have to go out there to finish in the right manner. The players should play for the supporters. If they see them trying their best, they will back them. That is at every level, not just where we are right now.

“There is frustration because the fans have stuck by the team. That is understandable because we haven’t been good enough. They deserve better.”

This week has seen two long-serving directors step down in as many days, communications director Sophie McGill leaving Bootham Crescent after 13 years on Thursday and being followed by development director Rob McGill 24 hours later.

Jason McGill remains as chairman following the departure of his sister and father. Ian McAndrew is the only other remaining board member at the club.

On the field, McNamara, who retains the support of McGill, is determined that York will not end the season in the ignominious position of propping up the League.

Last week’s home defeat to Bristol Rovers saw City leapfrogged by Dagenham & Redbridge and left in 92nd place but McNamara said: “It would be nice not to finish bottom. I don’t think we are the worst team in the league. Or the second worst.

“But the league table suggests we are and that is disappointing.”