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YORK boss Nigel Worthington has promised he will stick around to lead an­other pro­mo­tion charge next sea­son.

The 52-year-old took over from Gary Mills in March 2013 and, af­ter avert­ing rel­e­ga­tion from League Two last sea­son, mas­ter­minded a stun­ning surge from 20th to sev­enth this term.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously man­aged Nor­wich City in the Pre­mier League and North­ern Ire­land, there have been fears that the for­mer Sh­effield Wed­nes­day de­fender could be lured away.

But af­ter see­ing his side bat­tle to a des­per­ately un­lucky de­feat at the hands of Fleet­wood, Worthington says he won’t bail on Bootham.

“I never had any is­sue with be­ing in League Two,” he said. “I think if you’re a foot­ball per­son, it doesn’t mat­ter where you are. You have your knowl­edge and you tune it to the sit­u­a­tion.

“Whether that’s Pre­mier­ship or League Two, whether you’ve got mil­lions to spend or a bit to spend – you ad­just.We got a group to­gether, we worked hard. And that has got us to where we are tonight. The enthusiasm is there and when play­ers play like that for you, how can you fail to en­joy it?”

“Ex­pec­ta­tions rise and as a man­ager and as a club you’ve got to live with that. The budget for next year isn’t go­ing to change.

“We live with that and deal with it. The club’s been run very well and you have to max­imise the re­sources avail­able.

“But we’ve got he play­ers, the qual­ity. And if they work like they did tonight then you’ve got a chance.”

Worthington sin­gled out skip­per Russ Penn for praise af­ter the mid­fielder was left with a black eye and bro­ken nose fol­low­ing a lung-bust­ing dis­play.

“Russ epitomises what we’re all about,” he said. “Plenty of people would have come off with those in­juries. He’s bruised and bat­tered but he’s a big char­ac­ter and as a leader he’s a huge as­set to us.

“They all are. I thought it was a tremen­dous ef­fort from start to fin­ish. The en­ergy, the com­mit­ment – they never stopped.

“And it’s not just tonight. We’ve done that all sea­son.”

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