Chris Smith keeps role as York City captain

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

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CHRIS Smith is still York City’s club captain despite not being handed the armband on his recall to the team.

The 32-year-old defender enjoyed his first taste of senior football for five matches during City’s last outing – the 3-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy home defeat to Rotherham.

But his centre-back partner Dan Parslow continued as skipper against the Millers – a role the former Wales under-21 international has carried out since Smith was dropped from the starting line-up following last month’s 2-0 reverse against AFC Wimbledon at Bootham Crescent.

Smith got his chance with City chief Nigel Worthington keen to rest David McGurk due to his chequered injury record during the last two years.

The latter is likely to step back in during this weekend’s League Two trip to Newport but Worthington insisted that Smith’s recent demotion to the bench does not mean he has been stripped of his captaincy or that he cannot still be an influential skipper off the field.

“Chris is still the club captain,” Worthington confirmed. “Dan Parslow had worn the armband for the previous four games though and we decided to keep it that way against Rotherham.

“I always say you don’t need an armband to be captain and Chris is tapping into that now.

“It’s about having the right qualities and he has got to stay strong and focused on pulling everybody together as well as working hard to get himself back in the team.

“I thought he did well against Rotherham. The own goal was unfortunate but that can happen to anybody and, apart from that, he did what we asked of him.”

On the decision to hold back McGurk for Saturday’s South Wales clash, the Minstermen chief added: “We gave David a little rest because two games in four days could be stretching it with him a little bit.”

With City without a game due to the international call-ups for Sander Puri, Josh Carson, Ryan Brobbel and Chris Kettings, Worthington chose to take in the Dagenham v Cheltenham match on Saturday.

The Minstermen travel to Cheltenham on November 2, while this weekend’s hosts Newport were also watched by Worthington’s assistant, Steve Torpey, at Rochdale.

On the pair’s scouting missions, Worthington said: “The opportunities you get to watch your future opponents at the level we play are few and far between, so it was good to get that chance.

“Normally, we have a couple of scouts in the north and south and, while we are busy, they compile match reports for us on the different teams. Sometimes, I try to watch match dvds but the reports are done by people who I have a tried and tested relationship with.

“They know what I want and I know how good they are at delivering that.”

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1:14pm Mon 14 Oct 13

rogue84 says...

correct decision, your club captain should remain exactly that throughout the season unless they are sold or make a serious breach of club rules etc.
nobody can argue that Smithy gives 100% and cares about York City, he just has better defenders ahead of him at the moment in Pars and McGurk.

good to hear that we are running a professional system when it comes to watching future opponents, but you would expect nothing less from a manager like Worthington. will be a difficult test at Newport on Saturday, but I am looking forward to it. they had the expected strong start but have fallen away a bit in recent weeks so it falls nicely for us with our upturn in form.

if we can get three points it will set up one hell of a fixture at Chesterfield next Tuesday evening!
correct decision, your club captain should remain exactly that throughout the season unless they are sold or make a serious breach of club rules etc. nobody can argue that Smithy gives 100% and cares about York City, he just has better defenders ahead of him at the moment in Pars and McGurk. good to hear that we are running a professional system when it comes to watching future opponents, but you would expect nothing less from a manager like Worthington. will be a difficult test at Newport on Saturday, but I am looking forward to it. they had the expected strong start but have fallen away a bit in recent weeks so it falls nicely for us with our upturn in form. if we can get three points it will set up one hell of a fixture at Chesterfield next Tuesday evening! rogue84
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4:26pm Mon 14 Oct 13

bill bailey says...

Is that all the news coming out of the club.?? with all the underperformers at Sheffield United, we'll be lucky to keep the loan lad much longer.If I was the new manager I would want to see all the players on the payroll.before an extension to his loan.
Is that all the news coming out of the club.?? with all the underperformers at Sheffield United, we'll be lucky to keep the loan lad much longer.If I was the new manager I would want to see all the players on the payroll.before an extension to his loan. bill bailey
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10:08am Tue 15 Oct 13

Mad for Minstermen says...

bill bailey wrote:
Is that all the news coming out of the club.?? with all the underperformers at Sheffield United, we'll be lucky to keep the loan lad much longer.If I was the new manager I would want to see all the players on the payroll.before an extension to his loan.
Bill, you're racking up quite a few thumbs down on your posts. Are you really that far out of touch....seems so!
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Is that all the news coming out of the club.?? with all the underperformers at Sheffield United, we'll be lucky to keep the loan lad much longer.If I was the new manager I would want to see all the players on the payroll.before an extension to his loan.[/p][/quote]Bill, you're racking up quite a few thumbs down on your posts. Are you really that far out of touch....seems so! Mad for Minstermen
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12:02pm Tue 15 Oct 13

bill bailey says...

Mad for Minstermen wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Is that all the news coming out of the club.?? with all the underperformers at Sheffield United, we'll be lucky to keep the loan lad much longer.If I was the new manager I would want to see all the players on the payroll.before an extension to his loan.
Bill, you're racking up quite a few thumbs down on your posts. Are you really that far out of touch....seems so!
MFM. I cant understand why the thumbs are down , Sheffield United are going through a bad patch and bringing in a new manager im sure he would want to see ALL players being paid by the club, I would , wouldn't you ?? Why do you say i'm out touch ? Didn't NW do the same when he took over here ??
It seems some people on here want too use their brain a little more, ask any manager/ club they would tell you the same as I have said it common cense .
[quote][p][bold]Mad for Minstermen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Is that all the news coming out of the club.?? with all the underperformers at Sheffield United, we'll be lucky to keep the loan lad much longer.If I was the new manager I would want to see all the players on the payroll.before an extension to his loan.[/p][/quote]Bill, you're racking up quite a few thumbs down on your posts. Are you really that far out of touch....seems so![/p][/quote]MFM. I cant understand why the thumbs are down , Sheffield United are going through a bad patch and bringing in a new manager im sure he would want to see ALL players being paid by the club, I would , wouldn't you ?? Why do you say i'm out touch ? Didn't NW do the same when he took over here ?? It seems some people on here want too use their brain a little more, ask any manager/ club they would tell you the same as I have said it common cense . bill bailey
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