Former Celtic captain Jackie McNamara has been tucked away in the fifth tier of English football since leaving Scotland last year.
The former Dundee Utd and Partick Thistle boss has had a rough time of it down south and the fans have revolted against the teams poor performance. There has even been a twitter page said up by York fans trying to get Jackie removed from his position. The abuse he has received from some York fans has been quite ridiculous.
With the club at breaking point, the manager and board met for crunch talks where Jackie’s fate was to be decided. Instead of a definitive stay or go from the small English outfit we got this statement.
“It has been decided that, if the team fails to gain a positive result at Braintree Town on Saturday, the York City manager will tender his resignation.
“The manager will be looking for a passionate and committed reaction from the players after the capitulation at Nethermoor Park on Tuesday evening.”
So the board in essence, has given Jackie an extreme ultimatum which I have still yet to properly comprehend. If he doesn’t gain a “positive” result then he will be out the door? So what happens if he wins this game but loses the next six. The decision and statement is farcical and makes the board and manager stupid for agreeing to such terms.
The players are now playing for a manager they know is on the ropes and have the power to keep him in a job or send him packing. More power a player should ever have over their commander and chief.
In a nutshell, as soon as Jackie heard the terms in which the york board wanted to proceed he should have shaken their hands, thanked them for the opportunity and made his way back up to Scotland to reassess and start afresh. Instead, he may still do this but in a less than professional way. If the players fail to perform at the weekend, the manager will be sat in the dugout while the venom of the disgruntled fans is directed at him while he watches on in despair. Best case scenario, the team win and he can stay an extra week or so.
Go now Jackie! For the sake of your pride, go now!
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