Nigel Worthington wins manager of month accolade

SKY BET GONG: York City boss Nigel Worthington with his Sky Bet League Two manager of the month award for March

SKY BET GONG: York City boss Nigel Worthington with his Sky Bet League Two manager of the month award for March

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NIGEL Worthington has admitted his second Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award as York City boss has given him as much pleasure as the first.

The former Northern Ireland chief picked up the honours during the final month of last season when a run of four wins and two draws secured the Minstermen's Football League status.

This time around, a sequence of six wins and one draw, including six clean sheets, has thrust his team into play-off contention, securing Worthington the managerial accolade for March after seeing off challenges from fellow nominees Russ Wilcox, Keith Hill and Wayne Burnett - his respective counterparts at Scunthorpe, tomorrow's hosts Rochdale and Dagenham & Redbridge.

Worthington also insisted he should not receive all the recognition for his side's efforts during the third month of the calendar year.

He said: "To get the award at any time is a very nice thing to happen because not everybody gets them, but you have got to share the praise and acclaim around the place so, I am delighted to get it, but I pick it up on behalf of all the staff and players. I am very conscious of that because, in football, no one person can ever do anything on their own and that's certainly the situation at York City, where everybody has been working ever so hard."

City forward Michael Coulson, meanwhile, was beaten to the Player of the Month prize by Rochdale midfielder Jamie Allen but Worthington felt the former Scarborough and Barnsley attacker's appearance on the shortlist was merited, as much as for his team work as for the three winning goals he contributed in March following a switch to a central striking role.

"Michael deserved that recognition because he has enjoyed playing up the middle and has worked hard to keep his place up there," Worthington pointed out. "He's an example of if you work hard and want something enough, you will get it, so credit to him.

"I like what he's given us as an individual but he's more of a team person, whether that's scoring goals or chasing back to win a tackle. That kind of thing is most valuable in terms of where we are at this moment in time."

City have now gone through February and March undefeated but Worthington has warned his players that there can be no drop in standards if they are to extend that record into a third month at the home of league leaders Rochdale.

"It's a great game for us and we have got to be absolutely ready for a real competitive, footballing encounter," Worthington added. "Their manager is very disciplined in his work on the team, as you can see by the way they set up, so it's imperative that each and everyone of us is spot on because, if anybody is less than that, we could be in for a little shock and you don't want shocks at this time of the season.

"Every little bit counts now. They want three points for automatic promotion and we want them to stay in the play-off picture; they are top of the table and we are on a good run ourselves, so it's game on."

Despite an 11-game unbeaten run, the City manager has also suggested that he will not shy away from making changes to his team if needed, having preferred loan signing Ryan Brobbel to Ryan Jarvis in the starting line-up for last weekend's 0-0 home draw with Burton.

"If somebody has not been doing it or can't do it, then I will have no hesitation in making changes because nothing is ever about individuals - it's about what is right for the football club," Worthington vowed. "I am always on people's cases and it's important that every player stays focussed, committed and disciplined in every shape and form."

Striker Calvin Andrew could be in contention for his full City debut after substitute outings in the last two games with a deflected Will Hayhurst goal representing the only occasion Worthington's men have netted in almost four-and-a-half hours of football.

"He is not far away," Worthington said of Andrew's readiness for a place in the first XI. "He has done 15 minutes as a substitute followed by half-an-hour and has got ten or 11 days of training with us under his belt.

"He knows what we are all about and what's required of him and, if the opportunity arises and I have not decided whether that will be tomorrow or not, then the ball will be in his court."

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12:49pm Fri 4 Apr 14

chuckabuttie says...

Great stuff. Now -

a) Nigel prove this myth of MOTM awards meaning disaster next time round wrong and

b) Michael - show Rochdales Jamie Allen who really deserved that award

Good Luck fron Cincinnati!

COYR
Great stuff. Now - a) Nigel prove this myth of MOTM awards meaning disaster next time round wrong and b) Michael - show Rochdales Jamie Allen who really deserved that award Good Luck fron Cincinnati! COYR chuckabuttie
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2:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

NottsExile says...

Well done Nigel. This is thoroughly deserved and rewards your excellent professionalism and realistic way of doing things.

I always say that some people tell everyone how good they are and others show how good they by actually telling no-one but through the evidence. You are a quality guy who shows the others how to go about their work.


Well done and good luck for tomorrow and the rest of the season.
Well done Nigel. This is thoroughly deserved and rewards your excellent professionalism and realistic way of doing things. I always say that some people tell everyone how good they are and others show how good they by actually telling no-one but through the evidence. You are a quality guy who shows the others how to go about their work. Well done and good luck for tomorrow and the rest of the season. NottsExile
  • Score: 8

2:56pm Fri 4 Apr 14

yorkandproud says...

Well done to NW. Cant remember who the last York City manager was to win this award. A while ago though surely.
Well done to NW. Cant remember who the last York City manager was to win this award. A while ago though surely. yorkandproud
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3:39pm Fri 4 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

Well done N,W and your staff , NottsExile sums it up. Put the icing on the cake tomorrow,
What about a three timer. Grand National,,,,,,,,BIG SHU....4'15----25/1

YORKIST 5'10----12/1
Good luck,
Well done N,W and your staff , NottsExile sums it up. Put the icing on the cake tomorrow, What about a three timer. Grand National,,,,,,,,BIG SHU....4'15----25/1 YORKIST 5'10----12/1 Good luck, bill bailey
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5:39pm Fri 4 Apr 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Well done NW. He has proved that he is going all out for the best we can achieve by immediately signing Andrew and Brobbel following the injuries at Portsmouth.

I have to admit that I was not sure of NW earlier in the season, particularly his man-management skills, but a ruthless attitude seems to be a necessary quality in the job. I'm prepared to eat my words.

Already happy with this season's achievements but would love to spoil Scunthorpe's party on May 3rd.
Well done NW. He has proved that he is going all out for the best we can achieve by immediately signing Andrew and Brobbel following the injuries at Portsmouth. I have to admit that I was not sure of NW earlier in the season, particularly his man-management skills, but a ruthless attitude seems to be a necessary quality in the job. I'm prepared to eat my words. Already happy with this season's achievements but would love to spoil Scunthorpe's party on May 3rd. North Lincs Minsterman
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7:01am Sat 5 Apr 14

circuitous route dorset says...

Well done indeed. I admit I thought NW was a couple of matches away from the boot at the New Year (but I never said he SHOULD BE) and am absolutely chuffed with City's performance this year. What a delight to be safe with so many matches to go and playoffs would be a nice bonus if they happen.
Well done indeed. I admit I thought NW was a couple of matches away from the boot at the New Year (but I never said he SHOULD BE) and am absolutely chuffed with City's performance this year. What a delight to be safe with so many matches to go and playoffs would be a nice bonus if they happen. circuitous route dorset
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12:52pm Sat 5 Apr 14

andy fowler says...

MOTM he'll be poached by a proper club in no time at all.
MOTM he'll be poached by a proper club in no time at all. andy fowler
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1:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

bill bailey says...

andy fowler wrote:
MOTM he'll be poached by a proper club in no time at all.
Andy that's below the belt and not fair to everyone that have worked hard over the last year to make the club admired by many clubs in the country, And I say
disrespectful to our loyal supporters.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: MOTM he'll be poached by a proper club in no time at all.[/p][/quote]Andy that's below the belt and not fair to everyone that have worked hard over the last year to make the club admired by many clubs in the country, And I say disrespectful to our loyal supporters. bill bailey
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