The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Dunlavy

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

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