The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

THE cusp of the loan dead­line is no time to an­noy the gaffer – as the hap­less play­ers of York City dis­cov­ered this week.

Warned to up their game by new man­ager Jackie McNa­mara, the Min­ster­men were smashed 6-0 away to Portsmouth, their sev­enth straight de­feat and fifth un­der the Scot.

McNa­mara re­sponded by sign­ing no fewer than four play­ers on Thurs­day, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of loans at Bootham Cres­cent to nine.

With only five loa­nees al­lowed in any match­day squad, it is a mark of how des­per­ate things have be­come that McNa­mara is will­ing to risk a stand full of dis­con­tented play­ers with no hope of kick­ing a ball.

But, given that York have won just twice all sea­son and not at all since the first week of Septem­ber, any­thing is worth a shot.

McNa­mara ar­rived say­ing he wanted to release York’s play­ers from the shack­les of “fear foot­ball”. Af­ter see­ing them play, it is he who must be ter­ri­fied.

LOAN FAN: McNa­mara

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