NIGEL MAKES PLANS AND THEY ARE ALL WITH YORK
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.”