Joseph Robson is a proud Yorkshireman who has been given a chance to manage his local boyhood club. A dream. Or a poisoned chalice? Robson joined York City at the end of December 2015, with them sitting in 24th place in League 2. A squad bereft of morale and belief, a club financially insecure, an impatient board and a frustrated fan-base. Robson will need to both transform and stabilise these four facets of the football club. And with just one week to appraise the squad before the opening of the transfer window in January he’ll need to act fast. Can the loan market aid Robson in his quest?
BBC Radio York journalist James Johnson had previously questioned Robson on the finances of York City, asking “Do you think you will be held back by the current financial situation at the club? Will this be a stumbling block?” Robson replied
“A large transfer fee doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a good player. I will look towards securing younger players, either on frees or on loan, in an effort to energise the squad and build morale.”
Robson made five signings throughout the January transfer window. All five being young and signed on loan until the end of the season. Tyler Reid came in as a first choice right back, but will now act as cover in both full-back positions after the addition of right-back Jonjoe Kenny from Everton. Dean Henderson replaced Scott Flinders as goalkeeper. Daniel Barlaser was signed as cover out wide and young centre back Tom Beadling pushed an ageing John McCombe to the bench. Though no official press conference was made regarding the five loan signings by Robson, it is believed that the new players bought with them a newfound confidence into the squad. Robson and York have certainly achieved results that back this belief throughout the January period.
A brutal welcoming to football management was dished out away to Mansfield, losing out 5-1. However with the introduction of the five loan players throughout January results were achieved and points were gained. Robson will certainly be a happier man after two wins and two draws in January, especially when compared to the man who left Mansfield deflated and devastated. However, being rock bottom at the beginning of February is not a good place to be for Robson. But with form behind them, can Robson lead York City to survival?
Find out in tomorrow’s post. VivaLaVidaFM