Nigel Worthington issues challenge to York players
York boss Nigel Worthington has told his men they are playing for their futures between now and the end of the season.
Last Updated: 04/03/13 6:18pm
The 51-year-old former Norwich and Northern Ireland boss took over at Bootham Crescent on Monday, succeeded Gary Mills, who was sacked following Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Bradford.
Mills guided the Minstermen to a promotion and FA Trophy double last May, but they have now gone 11 league games without a win and lie 18th in League Two, just four points above the relegation zone.
And Worthington has wasted no time in telling his players to capitalise on the remainder of this campaign to secure their future.
"There's a lot of players out of contract in the summer and to get a job in football now is not easy," said Worthington.
"So for this club to stay in the Football League may be, could be, a wonderful thing for some of the players, who are out of contract and looking for work next summer.
"For all the good football we play, we need to play with more energy, we need to play closer to the opposition's goal and probably play at a higher tempo and that's possible, they're capable of that.
"We need to get points, we need 11 more points as soon as possible. They're good enough to be in League Two, but saying it and doing it are two different things.
"So we've got to go and deliver on the pitch over the course of 90 minutes, game in, game out, to achieve what the football club wants and deserves. First of all that's to preserve League Two status and then we can start to look and plan ahead."
Former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds defender Worthington, who stepped down from his role as Northern Ireland coach 15 months ago, revealed that York chairman Jason McGill had impressed him.
"During the course of the conversation I felt very comfortable with what he was saying," Worthington added. "He was very realistic about where the club's at and trying to take it forward steadily and carefully. For me there's something at the club to build on.
"Obviously the immediate target is to try and maintain League Two status, that's the first hurdle over the next 10 games. And if we can do that then we can look forward."