Beware play-off let-down warns York City chief
11:50am Friday 4th July 2014 in Sport
YORK City have been warned to guard against a play-off hangover by manager Nigel Worthington.
The City chief has cited the examples of Cheltenham and Northampton last season, who spent long spells in the lower reaches of the Sky Bet League Two table after top-seven finishes during the previous campaign.
Cheltenham finished 2013/14 seventh-bottom while Northampton were only spared relegation to the Conference following a final day win over Oxford.
There are also recent examples, meanwhile, at Bootham Crescent of struggles following play-off campaigns.
Former City chiefs Billy McEwan, Martin Foyle and Gary Mills all lost their jobs the season after securing top-five finishes in the Conference and Worthington will not be allowing his players to rest on their laurels.
"There are no guarantees in this league," the Minstermen boss insisted. "We had a good finish to last season but I have already made it clear to the players that they can't take anything for granted and think that things will just happen.
"If you look at two teams that got to the play-offs in 2013, Cheltenham were mid-table and Northampton were staring relegation in the face until the last three or four games. We must be determined to try and move forward and be around that top seven."