JACKIE’S BAND OF LOANEES UP TO 9
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