York City approached young prodigy manager Joseph Robson to become thier new boss in December 2015. Sitting in 24th Place in League 2, York find themselves battling relegation to the Conference. With little time left until the January window opens, Robson is tasked with evaluating the squad and turning the fortunes around.
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A nine game winless streak to start off the League 2 campaign no doubt added weight to the need to change managers. Despite successive wins against AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town in late October, York have been unable to make their mark in League Two, winning just four games in total. Change was needed. In addition York crashed out of each Cup competition in the first round entered. Robson enters the fray with just relegation survival to focus on, potentially an advantage over their divisional rivals. Fitness is key in these lower leagues.
Robson joins a squad with several depleted areas, most notably in defence. With no natural right back at York (Lee Hendrie is a natural centre mid) Robson will need to work around the defensive issues. Further up the field, York are blessed with several wide talents. Kenneth McEvoy, in particular, stands out as a potential lynchpin in York City’s side.
Despite the perceived strength in attack, York lack goals. With no player scoring more than five goals in all competitions, it is no wonder why York are languishing at the bottom of League Two.
Joseph Robson has a job on his hands. For a first-time manager, this could prove to be the making or breaking of a manager with potential to reach the top of the game. Robson can look forward to an away trip to Mansfield just one day after signing a six-month contract. After that, the focus must surely be on scouting out new players to bolster the defence. Certainly there is a great need to both drastically improve the defence, however perhaps a more pressing need is to find a way for the stronger wide players to find cohesiveness with the centre of midfield and attackers. Clean sheets mean nothing without goals up-front. Relegation looms?