York City head into their final five games of the season looking to avoid dropping down to the Conference. After a thrilling win against top of the league Wycombe Wanderers, spirits were high in the York City squad. Talisman Kenneth McEvoy, who is leaving on a free at the end of the season, spoke to BBC Radio York journalist James Johnson.
“Our performance against Wycombe proved that we are a Football League side. Relegation isn’t on our minds, we are solely focussed on our next game against Hartlepool. The lads are in good spirits and are working hard every day at training.” Kenneth McEvoy
Joseph Robson has high hopes of proving himself as manager. He spoke to Paul O’Brien with The Football League Paper.
“I try not to listen to the critics. Even the best managers have critics. I just focus on this job, this team, and how I can keep improving and making things better. These final five games are all that matter at the moment, with Hartlepool being the main focus for the team. There is a great amount of belief in this team after a difficult season so far so I’m confident we can escape the drop. The players are raring to go and cannot wait for the next game.” Joseph Robson
Down to the Final Five
Two points from four games was not the ideal outcome for Joseph Robson and York City. The draw against fellow relegation rivals Bristol Rovers would come as a bitter blow to Robson. However with a win needed against Morecambe to secure Football League status survival is still in their hands. Morecambe sit in 10th place in League Two having won seven of their last nine matches, drawing the other two. York on the other hand have won just 1 of their previous 11 matches. A foregone conclusion perhaps? Pssibly, but Morecambe have little to play for, with the sole incentive being able to leapfrog Oxford into 9th place. York, meanwhile, have everything to play for. Relegation would lead to an uncertain summer for the Yorkshire side.
York provided a stern test for Morecambe. Unfortunately for manager Joseph Robson his team were not quite good enough and were relegated to the Conference, finishing 24th. It was a similar story for York. A brittle defence and a lacklustre attack, added to the seemingly fatigued starting eleven, meant a successive winless game for York. These problems have appeared all too often throughout the season.
What Next for York and Joseph Robson?
Joseph Robson has been sacked as manager by York City chairman Jason McGill. Reports indicate that, despite backing from both fans and former favourite of the club Alan Fettis, Robson will leave his role after just 132 days in charge. The decision was expected, but will nevertheless be a bitter blow to the career of Robson. Questions will now need to be answered as to whether he has the ability to manage a professional football club and if his potential will ever be fulfilled. York will look to appoint a new manager as soon as possible.
Although the future of Joseph Robson is unclear, we will be sure to follow the progress of the young manager. It is understood that he wishes to move straight back into management over the summer. However with little interest in his services as yet, will Robson be able to find a role over the summer? Will clubs be willing to put faith in a man who suffered relegation?