CRESS COULD WELL BE CHOICE AT YORK
YORK City have started interviewing for the vacant manager’s job at Bootham Crescent – but could yet hand the reins to caretaker Richard Cresswell.
Cresswell, 38, took over from Russ Wilcox, who was sacked on Monday following a nine-game winless run that left the Minstermen 21st in League Two.
And while the former Stoke striker – 5/4 favourite with the bookies – has little experience, York director Sophie Hicks says the club will give him a chance to stake his claim.
“When it comes to Richard, we’ll go one game at a time and see what happens,” said Hicks, who says York have received over 200 applications for the job.
“He’s been really great, he’s stepped into the breach and we really appreciate that. We’re looking forward to getting his assessment of the situation and it’s certainly not something we’ve ruled out.”
Hicks and owner Jason McGill will filter candidates down to a shortlist before completing the interview process next week. Other names amongst the favourites are ex-Derby boss Nigel Clough and former Carlisle manager Gregg Abbott.
“We’re quite open minded about the type of person we want to bring in,” she added. “We know what’s required to improve things.
“We’ve got a lot of good players and that something that’s come across from a lot of the people we’ve spoken to. They’ve all been impressed with our squad but it’s underperforming at the moment.
“We want someone who can hit the ground running and lift morale. Obviously survival is the first port of call, but we have ambitions beyond that.”
As for Wilcox, Hicks added: “We’re not knee-jerk and we desperately wanted him to succeed, but, unfortunately, he just didn’t get the points.”
DECISION: Sophie Hicks