Positive attitude from York City boss Nigel Worthington ahead of Fleetwood trip

York City boss Nigel Worthington

York City boss Nigel Worthington

First published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

YORK City boss Nigel Worthington is approaching Saturday's trip to Fleetwood Town in a positive frame of mind.

The Minstermen chief is refusing to dwell on the disappointment of Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Sky Bet League Two leaders Chesterfield at Bootham Crescent.

Worthington said: “As manager, I have to lead from the front and I can’t come in for training with a hangover from Tuesday night.

“We have to be bright and positive as staff and get the players focused on the next game. We are well aware that the games will run out but we have got enough in this group to get back on track and end this run of two defeats.

“We have proven that all season and there’s no better game after playing the team at the top of the table to go to another team up there as well. Me, Steve (Torpey) and Richard (Dryden) went to their 0-0 draw at Scunthorpe on Monday and they are a decent side, make no mistake about that.

“We have got respect for them but, if we do what we can do, we are capable of getting a good result.”

City currently lie 16th in the table and six points above the relegation zone but every side below them in the standings has at least a game in hand with some having played two or three fewer fixtures.

Worthington, therefore, understands the need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible and believes it is unlikely that two teams will be cut adrift at the bottom of the table come May.

He added: “The table has been tight since the start of the season and I think it will be until the last kick of the campaign so we need to keep looking forward. I’ve mentioned to the players that we have got 17 games to go and they have got to make things easier for themselves rather than harder during that time.”

Ryan Jarvis is still ruled out due to an ankle injury, but David McGurk is likely to be available despite suffering a back spasm late in Tuesday’s defeat.

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4:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

YorkCityLuke says...

Well good luck to him and it's the right attitude. If he's to get results (i.e keep his job) he needs to learn from the dreadful mistakes of the last 2 games and at least attempt to take the game to fleetwood. If he sets us up for a 'clean sheet' (i.e. a clueless hoofball contest) and loses again, he should be shown the door.
Well good luck to him and it's the right attitude. If he's to get results (i.e keep his job) he needs to learn from the dreadful mistakes of the last 2 games and at least attempt to take the game to fleetwood. If he sets us up for a 'clean sheet' (i.e. a clueless hoofball contest) and loses again, he should be shown the door. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 0

4:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

redbluelion says...

Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.
Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team. redbluelion
  • Score: -27

4:25pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Paul2012 says...

You can only do so much with limited resource.

While he is a good manager,if he can't bring in the type of players that can compete with the expectations and other teams in the league then York will always languish in the lower regions of the division.

It's not a call to go out there and spend big because at the end of the day the club needs to be sustainable and not spend beyond it's means.

The only choice is to either suddenly find another 2-3,000 fans to bring in more income or take the slow road and build for the future.

If it's the latter then the fans expectations will need to change and they will need to start getting behind the team.

High expectations,low attendances and low budget isn't a good mix and unfortunately that doesn't sit with the board very well.

The best think to happen to York City was Gary Mill's and not because Worthington isn't a good manager but because Mill's was good at managing all those factors.
You can only do so much with limited resource. While he is a good manager,if he can't bring in the type of players that can compete with the expectations and other teams in the league then York will always languish in the lower regions of the division. It's not a call to go out there and spend big because at the end of the day the club needs to be sustainable and not spend beyond it's means. The only choice is to either suddenly find another 2-3,000 fans to bring in more income or take the slow road and build for the future. If it's the latter then the fans expectations will need to change and they will need to start getting behind the team. High expectations,low attendances and low budget isn't a good mix and unfortunately that doesn't sit with the board very well. The best think to happen to York City was Gary Mill's and not because Worthington isn't a good manager but because Mill's was good at managing all those factors. Paul2012
  • Score: -8

4:26pm Thu 30 Jan 14

pip007 says...

Put some thought into it Mr. Worthington. Dwelling on the disappointment of Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield is precisely what you **should** be doing, not just moving on and thinking positive thoughts and hoping the next result will turn out differently. Here, let me help you. Fill in these blanks: "I have identified the reasons we lost on Tuesday and they are ____. To prevent this happening again I plan to make these changes ____". Put it in writing and hand it in to Mr. McGill.
Put some thought into it Mr. Worthington. Dwelling on the disappointment of Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to Chesterfield is precisely what you **should** be doing, not just moving on and thinking positive thoughts and hoping the next result will turn out differently. Here, let me help you. Fill in these blanks: "I have identified the reasons we lost on Tuesday and they are ____. To prevent this happening again I plan to make these changes ____". Put it in writing and hand it in to Mr. McGill. pip007
  • Score: 18

5:04pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bartonmbjib says...

redbluelion wrote:
Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.
i did not agree with the starting eleven the other night but blaming it all on new signing is not on i havent seen one comment pointing out mcgurks howler that gifted them the first goat oh i forgot hes our best centre half well ive seen him make plenty of mistakes .
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.[/p][/quote]i did not agree with the starting eleven the other night but blaming it all on new signing is not on i havent seen one comment pointing out mcgurks howler that gifted them the first goat oh i forgot hes our best centre half well ive seen him make plenty of mistakes . bartonmbjib
  • Score: 7

6:06pm Thu 30 Jan 14

play up city says...

Not sure what positives he can take out of Tuesday night if im honest...The idea of changing the back four to accommodate Macomb pushing Keef out to right back and banj up into midfield was a disaster. No steel in midfield and what's with the boot it anywhere policy. I have stood by Nw through thick and thin and not made bad comments about him but im starting to wonder if he's starting to loose ideas Why have young Shaquille on the bench? The reckoning is that he's not match fit well either get him playing or more intensive training or don't ply him at all. I would of give him the last ten and said to him go on fella show us what ya made of, give him game time.
Not sure what positives he can take out of Tuesday night if im honest...The idea of changing the back four to accommodate Macomb pushing Keef out to right back and banj up into midfield was a disaster. No steel in midfield and what's with the boot it anywhere policy. I have stood by Nw through thick and thin and not made bad comments about him but im starting to wonder if he's starting to loose ideas Why have young Shaquille on the bench? The reckoning is that he's not match fit well either get him playing or more intensive training or don't ply him at all. I would of give him the last ten and said to him go on fella show us what ya made of, give him game time. play up city
  • Score: 9

6:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

big boy york says...

NW said on tuesday night the team didnt look up for it, sorry if its just me but isnt the manager the one who motivates the players, gets them up for it, if he cant do that why the hell is he still here
NW said on tuesday night the team didnt look up for it, sorry if its just me but isnt the manager the one who motivates the players, gets them up for it, if he cant do that why the hell is he still here big boy york
  • Score: 19

6:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

redbluelion wrote:
Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.
I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW
is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.[/p][/quote]I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also. bill bailey
  • Score: 7

6:24pm Thu 30 Jan 14

giggs08 says...

we need to sack this clueless clown before it's too late.
His tactics,team selecton and dreadful style of play make him one of the worst managers I have seen at the club in 25years! He has made his mission to get rid of all of mills players( therefore any player with creativity or who can pass the ball on the deck).He unfortunately got them 3 lucky wins which surely saved his job,then comes out with comments saying we played well for 82 min against Hartlepool!!!!! That's scary!.
Lets get a young hungry manager in who can show a bit of passion and believes football is played on the floor and who can drag us back from the dark ages before its too late.
we need to sack this clueless clown before it's too late. His tactics,team selecton and dreadful style of play make him one of the worst managers I have seen at the club in 25years! He has made his mission to get rid of all of mills players( therefore any player with creativity or who can pass the ball on the deck).He unfortunately got them 3 lucky wins which surely saved his job,then comes out with comments saying we played well for 82 min against Hartlepool!!!!! That's scary!. Lets get a young hungry manager in who can show a bit of passion and believes football is played on the floor and who can drag us back from the dark ages before its too late. giggs08
  • Score: 0

6:27pm Thu 30 Jan 14

OLD - HEAD says...

Its no use looking at the Fleetwod game with anything else but a positive approach. Of course its going to be difficult, and any result bar a defeat would be a great achievement. Mr Worthington has to pick the right team and not play people out of position. The fans patience is wearing thin, so a good result against Fleetwood would go a long way towards reducing the pressure.
Its no use looking at the Fleetwod game with anything else but a positive approach. Of course its going to be difficult, and any result bar a defeat would be a great achievement. Mr Worthington has to pick the right team and not play people out of position. The fans patience is wearing thin, so a good result against Fleetwood would go a long way towards reducing the pressure. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 20

6:38pm Thu 30 Jan 14

giggs08 says...

bill bailey wrote:
redbluelion wrote:
Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.
I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW
is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.
He's only saying what the majority of fans with the exception of you and openallhours think!.If your offended by the word prat,you really need to man up! im supprised you go to any football matches at all if that word upsets you. whether he,s a gentleman or not he's a dreadfull manager.
Can you honestly say you enjoy watching city play under this manager?
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.[/p][/quote]I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.[/p][/quote]He's only saying what the majority of fans with the exception of you and openallhours think!.If your offended by the word prat,you really need to man up! im supprised you go to any football matches at all if that word upsets you. whether he,s a gentleman or not he's a dreadfull manager. Can you honestly say you enjoy watching city play under this manager? giggs08
  • Score: -12

7:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

giggs08 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
redbluelion wrote:
Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.
I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW
is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.
He's only saying what the majority of fans with the exception of you and openallhours think!.If your offended by the word prat,you really need to man up! im supprised you go to any football matches at all if that word upsets you. whether he,s a gentleman or not he's a dreadfull manager.
Can you honestly say you enjoy watching city play under this manager?
I ONLY HOPE YOUR NOT BRINGING UP CHILDREN,my goodness no wonder we live in the society we do .no im not offended by the word, I was brought up to show respect and to call Mr Worthington a prat is totally out of order. guess others on here will agree.
[quote][p][bold]giggs08[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.[/p][/quote]I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.[/p][/quote]He's only saying what the majority of fans with the exception of you and openallhours think!.If your offended by the word prat,you really need to man up! im supprised you go to any football matches at all if that word upsets you. whether he,s a gentleman or not he's a dreadfull manager. Can you honestly say you enjoy watching city play under this manager?[/p][/quote]I ONLY HOPE YOUR NOT BRINGING UP CHILDREN,my goodness no wonder we live in the society we do .no im not offended by the word, I was brought up to show respect and to call Mr Worthington a prat is totally out of order. guess others on here will agree. bill bailey
  • Score: 23

7:45pm Thu 30 Jan 14

minstermen says...

giggs08 wrote:
we need to sack this clueless clown before it's too late.
His tactics,team selecton and dreadful style of play make him one of the worst managers I have seen at the club in 25years! He has made his mission to get rid of all of mills players( therefore any player with creativity or who can pass the ball on the deck).He unfortunately got them 3 lucky wins which surely saved his job,then comes out with comments saying we played well for 82 min against Hartlepool!!!!! That's scary!.
Lets get a young hungry manager in who can show a bit of passion and believes football is played on the floor and who can drag us back from the dark ages before its too late.
Cresswell and Greening the future in management at York city
[quote][p][bold]giggs08[/bold] wrote: we need to sack this clueless clown before it's too late. His tactics,team selecton and dreadful style of play make him one of the worst managers I have seen at the club in 25years! He has made his mission to get rid of all of mills players( therefore any player with creativity or who can pass the ball on the deck).He unfortunately got them 3 lucky wins which surely saved his job,then comes out with comments saying we played well for 82 min against Hartlepool!!!!! That's scary!. Lets get a young hungry manager in who can show a bit of passion and believes football is played on the floor and who can drag us back from the dark ages before its too late.[/p][/quote]Cresswell and Greening the future in management at York city minstermen
  • Score: -9

9:12pm Thu 30 Jan 14

jumbojet says...

bill bailey wrote:
redbluelion wrote:
Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.
I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW
is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.
Bill. He may be a gentleman but he is a very poor Division 2 football manager, and the word 'clueless' is the perfect description.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.[/p][/quote]I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.[/p][/quote]Bill. He may be a gentleman but he is a very poor Division 2 football manager, and the word 'clueless' is the perfect description. jumbojet
  • Score: 8

10:01pm Thu 30 Jan 14

bill bailey says...

jumbojet wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
redbluelion wrote:
Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.
I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW
is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.
Bill. He may be a gentleman but he is a very poor Division 2 football manager, and the word 'clueless' is the perfect description.
Thank for clearing that up. so you would apply the same criteria to the bottom 10 managers in 4 leagues making 40 in all.or are you just selective picking out one ,ours , I pre-empt you reply ,,"I don't care about the other 39 only NW."
I would say the same, but you were as vocal as many praising his signings, at last we have sorted the Defence, The midfield, The attack, "At last he's getting the club moving forward, For gods sake give the team a chance to get it together , Many on here would be satisfied to be in middle of the league,
[quote][p][bold]jumbojet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.[/p][/quote]I THINK YOU SHOULD APOLIGISE , I;M NOT GOING TO REPEAT YOUR WORDS I was brought to show respect towards my fellow man.. NW is a gentleman one day when you mature you may be called one also.[/p][/quote]Bill. He may be a gentleman but he is a very poor Division 2 football manager, and the word 'clueless' is the perfect description.[/p][/quote]Thank for clearing that up. so you would apply the same criteria to the bottom 10 managers in 4 leagues making 40 in all.or are you just selective picking out one ,ours , I pre-empt you reply ,,"I don't care about the other 39 only NW." I would say the same, but you were as vocal as many praising his signings, at last we have sorted the Defence, The midfield, The attack, "At last he's getting the club moving forward, For gods sake give the team a chance to get it together , Many on here would be satisfied to be in middle of the league, bill bailey
  • Score: 6

10:39pm Thu 30 Jan 14

haxbyreds says...

We have played fleetwood and chesterfield at home and he set the team up totally wrong,showed so much respect and might as well not turned up,or is this because he's managed in premier league and teams like Norwich can not compete with Man U etc,when I bought a season ticket thought it was for 23 games not 21,absolute disgrace lets hope he has learnt his leason?
We have played fleetwood and chesterfield at home and he set the team up totally wrong,showed so much respect and might as well not turned up,or is this because he's managed in premier league and teams like Norwich can not compete with Man U etc,when I bought a season ticket thought it was for 23 games not 21,absolute disgrace lets hope he has learnt his leason? haxbyreds
  • Score: 5

5:29am Fri 31 Jan 14

YoRkIe59 says...

does a positive attitude mean he isnt going to convince the players there is no way we can win this game before we even come out of the tunnel cos thats how it sounded tues night,hell bells what would it be like if we had progressed through to meet maybe a mid table league one side in one of the cups,what would our tactics be then ten men in the penalty area from the first whistle.it beggars belief that just because chesterfield were up there near the top we send a team out feeling we are beat before we start,how often does the bottom of the league come out and beat the top of the table particularly at home but if you set being negative its never gonna happen.yeah chesterfield Fleetwood etc are good sides and we arnt the best in this league but i doubt we are the worst either,lets start having a go at these teams and giving them something to worry about too.c,mon city.
does a positive attitude mean he isnt going to convince the players there is no way we can win this game before we even come out of the tunnel cos thats how it sounded tues night,hell bells what would it be like if we had progressed through to meet maybe a mid table league one side in one of the cups,what would our tactics be then ten men in the penalty area from the first whistle.it beggars belief that just because chesterfield were up there near the top we send a team out feeling we are beat before we start,how often does the bottom of the league come out and beat the top of the table particularly at home but if you set being negative its never gonna happen.yeah chesterfield Fleetwood etc are good sides and we arnt the best in this league but i doubt we are the worst either,lets start having a go at these teams and giving them something to worry about too.c,mon city. YoRkIe59
  • Score: 11

7:14am Fri 31 Jan 14

livewithit says...

I posted a few weeks ago it was £ or NW. We have spent now and are still in a bad position in the division, if you take into account games played.

I will state it again, i do not want to see city back in the conference, but that is where we are heading. I thought NW had some "experience" in football, but some of his team selections and the attitude of the squad leaves me wondering.

For the sake of the club, if we are to at least stay in this division, let us see some action NOW.

i do think it is time for NW to deliver or get out.
I posted a few weeks ago it was £ or NW. We have spent now and are still in a bad position in the division, if you take into account games played. I will state it again, i do not want to see city back in the conference, but that is where we are heading. I thought NW had some "experience" in football, but some of his team selections and the attitude of the squad leaves me wondering. For the sake of the club, if we are to at least stay in this division, let us see some action NOW. i do think it is time for NW to deliver or get out. livewithit
  • Score: 5

9:06am Fri 31 Jan 14

Robert Davro says...

NW won't be given the boot. We will not go down. The only thing I can see happening is that Worthy & the board, at the end of the season, agree to part mutually. It won't happen now or in the next couple of weeks.
NW won't be given the boot. We will not go down. The only thing I can see happening is that Worthy & the board, at the end of the season, agree to part mutually. It won't happen now or in the next couple of weeks. Robert Davro
  • Score: 9

9:14am Fri 31 Jan 14

nudger says...

Met office website predicts heavy rain for Fleetwood area this afternoon,in the night as well, and sleet tomorrow morning, Gusts of 55mph and heavy rain around 3pm. Not a great prospect! Any chance the Press,in contact, with its counterparts in the North West could keep us all updated on prospects today and again tomorrow. Enough wasted journeys by many fans this winter already.
Met office website predicts heavy rain for Fleetwood area this afternoon,in the night as well, and sleet tomorrow morning, Gusts of 55mph and heavy rain around 3pm. Not a great prospect! Any chance the Press,in contact, with its counterparts in the North West could keep us all updated on prospects today and again tomorrow. Enough wasted journeys by many fans this winter already. nudger
  • Score: 2

9:19am Fri 31 Jan 14

T.R.M1974 says...

NW is on a rolling contract, i think he will be given until the end of the season no matter what and then a change will be made. I hope its a young manager who played top flight who still has fingers in pies. Our P.R at the club must be awful, the chairman does not have deep pockets but i've said it time and time again there are multi millionairs go to the knavesmire we should be looking for sponsorship and investment there.
NW is on a rolling contract, i think he will be given until the end of the season no matter what and then a change will be made. I hope its a young manager who played top flight who still has fingers in pies. Our P.R at the club must be awful, the chairman does not have deep pockets but i've said it time and time again there are multi millionairs go to the knavesmire we should be looking for sponsorship and investment there. T.R.M1974
  • Score: 3

8:04pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Lambi-63 says...

redbluelion wrote:
Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.
Good job the board don't listened you! Up
To 13th!
[quote][p][bold]redbluelion[/bold] wrote: Sack the clueless prat now and he can take most of his signings too its like having bobby saxton back...clueless the whole team.[/p][/quote]Good job the board don't listened you! Up To 13th! Lambi-63
  • Score: 0

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