York City legend Andy McMillan rejoins club as academy chief

York Press: Former York City full-back Andy McMillan Former York City full-back Andy McMillan

YORK City legend Andy McMillan has fought off candidates from Premier League teams to become the new academy manager at Bootham Crescent.

McMillan, who only trails Barry Jackson in the Minstermen's all-time list for appearances with 492 to his name, has returned to his old club after leaving a post as the head of academy coaching at Sky Bet League One Notts County.

The 1993 Wembley hero previously assisted with youth development coaching at City, while running the club's under-16 team in 2005.

He moved on in 2007 to work at Hull City's centre of excellence and was later named the Tigers' enterprise co-ordinator before joining Lincoln City as the assistant head of youth.

McMillan then switched to Barnet in 2012, working under former Holland superstar Edgar Davids as the Bees' youth-team manager and under-21 development coach, but leaving after a season to take up his post at Meadow Lane.

The South Africa-born, 45-year-old will now fill the role vacated at Bootham Crescent by Tony Mee, who has parted company with the club by mutual consent.

On McMillan's appointment, City general manager John McGhee said: "We had some terrific applications for this role, including some from candidates attached to Premier League clubs but, when we received one from Andy, we knew we had found the ideal candidate.

"He is York City through and through and he will fit in so well with the team here and with what is planned for the future. He will provide a fresh vision for the academy, but knows what York City is all about already."

McMillan's arrival coincides with changes to City's Wigginton Road training base that are designed to benefit the first team and the club's junior players.

New changing rooms, classrooms and a viewing lounge are currently being installed, with an "excited" McMillan enthusing: "I am just delighted to have the opportunity to come back to Bootham Crescent and take up the reigns of the academy.

"I am excited at the prospect and really look forward to working with the young players and everyone at the club. There is much to be done, but I can't wait to get started."

City chairman Jason McGill, meanwhile, added: "We are delighted to welcome Andy back into the club. He has a terrific reputation for finding and developing young footballers and we are excited at the prospect of working with him to the benefit of the club, but also for the benefit of the community by giving youngsters the best opportunity to grow into professional players."

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8:54pm Fri 23 May 14

rockley214 says...

Great "signing",. The club really is on the up. Everything feels so positive and great that the management recognise the value of employing former players who retain the passion for the club. If Banjo doesn't sign, could AM get those missing 8 appearances?? Are you watching Mr Craig?
Great "signing",. The club really is on the up. Everything feels so positive and great that the management recognise the value of employing former players who retain the passion for the club. If Banjo doesn't sign, could AM get those missing 8 appearances?? Are you watching Mr Craig? rockley214
  • Score: 15

9:26pm Fri 23 May 14

chuckabuttie says...

Oh Andy Mac. Is our Full Back.... (mid 80's chant)

Top bloke
Oh Andy Mac. Is our Full Back.... (mid 80's chant) Top bloke chuckabuttie
  • Score: 16

12:31am Sat 24 May 14

redbluelion says...

So many positives about city now,this coming season could be one to sit back and enjoy..welcome home Andy Mac...
So many positives about city now,this coming season could be one to sit back and enjoy..welcome home Andy Mac... redbluelion
  • Score: 7

8:52am Sat 24 May 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Great news. A fantastic lad who always had time to talk to fans (even when he was playing for Pickering Town at Brigg!).

If he gets into the social club with his family it will be like old times.

Good luck Andy and welcome home.
Great news. A fantastic lad who always had time to talk to fans (even when he was playing for Pickering Town at Brigg!). If he gets into the social club with his family it will be like old times. Good luck Andy and welcome home. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 6

1:01pm Sat 24 May 14

andy fowler says...

Great to see a loyal servant of the club back
Great to see a loyal servant of the club back andy fowler
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Sat 24 May 14

CHISSY1 says...

Legend,he was a footballer.
Legend,he was a footballer. CHISSY1
  • Score: -2

8:44am Sun 25 May 14

Fat Harry says...

Anyone know why Tony Mee left?

"by mutual consent" covers a multitude of sins, and I'd like to know more before making a judgement on Andy Mac's appointment.
Anyone know why Tony Mee left? "by mutual consent" covers a multitude of sins, and I'd like to know more before making a judgement on Andy Mac's appointment. Fat Harry
  • Score: -2

9:55am Sun 25 May 14

born&breed says...

See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1
See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1 born&breed
  • Score: -4

11:05am Sun 25 May 14

matroom says...

Has been.
Has been. matroom
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11:57am Sun 25 May 14

Tug job says...

matroom wrote:
Has been.
But better a 'has been' than a never was, eh?
[quote][p][bold]matroom[/bold] wrote: Has been.[/p][/quote]But better a 'has been' than a never was, eh? Tug job
  • Score: 6

3:10pm Sun 25 May 14

bill bailey says...

born&breed wrote:
See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1
That will please Andy Flower he's so mixed up he doesn't his loyalties lay, poor mite. he better toss one of those coins. I heard they call him the mad hatter.
[quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1[/p][/quote]That will please Andy Flower he's so mixed up he doesn't his loyalties lay, poor mite. he better toss one of those coins. I heard they call him the mad hatter. bill bailey
  • Score: -11

12:45am Mon 26 May 14

GreenshawGrinder says...

Seem to remember that Portsmouth were a short price to win league two last season, so that shows how much the bookies know. Plenty of mug punters in Luton who will pile on the Hatters at a short price.
Seem to remember that Portsmouth were a short price to win league two last season, so that shows how much the bookies know. Plenty of mug punters in Luton who will pile on the Hatters at a short price. GreenshawGrinder
  • Score: 0

9:23am Mon 26 May 14

andy fowler says...

bill bailey wrote:
born&breed wrote:
See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1
That will please Andy Flower he's so mixed up he doesn't his loyalties lay, poor mite. he better toss one of those coins. I heard they call him the mad hatter.
We all know where your loyalties lie, you Luton idiot
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1[/p][/quote]That will please Andy Flower he's so mixed up he doesn't his loyalties lay, poor mite. he better toss one of those coins. I heard they call him the mad hatter.[/p][/quote]We all know where your loyalties lie, you Luton idiot andy fowler
  • Score: -10

11:00am Mon 26 May 14

tips says...

andy fowler wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
born&breed wrote:
See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1
That will please Andy Flower he's so mixed up he doesn't his loyalties lay, poor mite. he better toss one of those coins. I heard they call him the mad hatter.
We all know where your loyalties lie, you Luton idiot
andy and bill PLEASE kiss and make up this constant bickering is both tedious and boring lets use this site for voicing our opinions not personal in fighting.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1[/p][/quote]That will please Andy Flower he's so mixed up he doesn't his loyalties lay, poor mite. he better toss one of those coins. I heard they call him the mad hatter.[/p][/quote]We all know where your loyalties lie, you Luton idiot[/p][/quote]andy and bill PLEASE kiss and make up this constant bickering is both tedious and boring lets use this site for voicing our opinions not personal in fighting. tips
  • Score: 17

1:05pm Mon 26 May 14

YoRkIe59 says...

i always thought Andy Mac was let go certianly a season too early should have had those 8 games for the magical 500 and to be honest probably gone on to have the all time highest number of appearances for the club.
i always thought Andy Mac was let go certianly a season too early should have had those 8 games for the magical 500 and to be honest probably gone on to have the all time highest number of appearances for the club. YoRkIe59
  • Score: 3

1:14pm Mon 26 May 14

Tug job says...

YoRkIe59 wrote:
i always thought Andy Mac was let go certianly a season too early should have had those 8 games for the magical 500 and to be honest probably gone on to have the all time highest number of appearances for the club.
He was forced to go by the odious DC.
[quote][p][bold]YoRkIe59[/bold] wrote: i always thought Andy Mac was let go certianly a season too early should have had those 8 games for the magical 500 and to be honest probably gone on to have the all time highest number of appearances for the club.[/p][/quote]He was forced to go by the odious DC. Tug job
  • Score: 4

1:24pm Mon 26 May 14

sr-ycfc says...

andy fowler wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
born&breed wrote:
See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1
That will please Andy Flower he's so mixed up he doesn't his loyalties lay, poor mite. he better toss one of those coins. I heard they call him the mad hatter.
We all know where your loyalties lie, you Luton idiot
Are you two the same person?

If not, I'd recommend a double ensuite room in a nice, romantic hotel. Try Middlethorpe Hall on Bishopthorpe Road.
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: See the coin chuckers are installed as 7-1 for promotion - City 16-1[/p][/quote]That will please Andy Flower he's so mixed up he doesn't his loyalties lay, poor mite. he better toss one of those coins. I heard they call him the mad hatter.[/p][/quote]We all know where your loyalties lie, you Luton idiot[/p][/quote]Are you two the same person? If not, I'd recommend a double ensuite room in a nice, romantic hotel. Try Middlethorpe Hall on Bishopthorpe Road. sr-ycfc
  • Score: 6

4:58pm Mon 26 May 14

NottsExile says...

Well done to Fleetwood on their promotion. I see that as one of our rivals for promotion out of the way and their spending capacity means they would always pose an unfair threat to the other clubs in League Two.
It puts our performance into perspective and it gives me heart for next season.
14,000 at Bootham Crescent South is a pathetic turnout and Fleetwood will do well to compete next season with that fan base.
Come on the City - let us see who we will be signing in the next week or two!!
Well done to Fleetwood on their promotion. I see that as one of our rivals for promotion out of the way and their spending capacity means they would always pose an unfair threat to the other clubs in League Two. It puts our performance into perspective and it gives me heart for next season. 14,000 at Bootham Crescent South is a pathetic turnout and Fleetwood will do well to compete next season with that fan base. Come on the City - let us see who we will be signing in the next week or two!! NottsExile
  • Score: 6

5:48pm Mon 26 May 14

nudger says...

Predicted on here a while ago that this game could have a sparse attendance,with even Cambridge /Gateshead managing over 19,000, so just scraping 14,000 is no surprise.

To see a well-supported club like Bristol Rovers drop out of the league while tiny Fleetwood get their sixth promotion in 10 yrs, must be tough to take for Pirates fans.In fact, I think the Bristol Rovers/Shrewsbury play-off final in 2007 attracted over 61,000. Still the deep pockets of a benefactor have done it again, as with Crawley Town.

As NottsExile so rightly states, that takes one of the main threats away next season, but Fleetwood's small fanbase is unlikely to be a hinderance,whilst the Chairman remains in situ. Should he lose interest or take over a larger club,then the Cod Army will inevitably sink like a stone.
Predicted on here a while ago that this game could have a sparse attendance,with even Cambridge /Gateshead managing over 19,000, so just scraping 14,000 is no surprise. To see a well-supported club like Bristol Rovers drop out of the league while tiny Fleetwood get their sixth promotion in 10 yrs, must be tough to take for Pirates fans.In fact, I think the Bristol Rovers/Shrewsbury play-off final in 2007 attracted over 61,000. Still the deep pockets of a benefactor have done it again, as with Crawley Town. As NottsExile so rightly states, that takes one of the main threats away next season, but Fleetwood's small fanbase is unlikely to be a hinderance,whilst the Chairman remains in situ. Should he lose interest or take over a larger club,then the Cod Army will inevitably sink like a stone. nudger
  • Score: 4

7:03pm Mon 26 May 14

it must be Gary Ford says...

Can we stop calling Fleetwood Cod Army after todays turn out? Cod contemptables would be more appropriate!! Happy for Matty Blair though, did us proud at Wembley, albeit from an off side position!!
Can we stop calling Fleetwood Cod Army after todays turn out? Cod contemptables would be more appropriate!! Happy for Matty Blair though, did us proud at Wembley, albeit from an off side position!! it must be Gary Ford
  • Score: 1

7:51pm Mon 26 May 14

pip007 says...

Nigel is 66/1 to be the next Southampton manager. Long odds, but it shows he's on people's radar.
Nigel is 66/1 to be the next Southampton manager. Long odds, but it shows he's on people's radar. pip007
  • Score: 3

8:04pm Mon 26 May 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I watched Fleetwood win the play-off final today, they had most of the game and probably deserved to win. I did however get a bit bored when the commentator kept saying that they had come from nowhere to the third tier of English football. For Gods sake any small club would have done the same with a "sugar daddy" pumping in ten million quid. What is it about "plastic clubs" that gets everybodys back up?
I watched Fleetwood win the play-off final today, they had most of the game and probably deserved to win. I did however get a bit bored when the commentator kept saying that they had come from nowhere to the third tier of English football. For Gods sake any small club would have done the same with a "sugar daddy" pumping in ten million quid. What is it about "plastic clubs" that gets everybodys back up? OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 7

8:54pm Mon 26 May 14

y-front says...

nudger wrote:
Predicted on here a while ago that this game could have a sparse attendance,with even Cambridge /Gateshead managing over 19,000, so just scraping 14,000 is no surprise.

To see a well-supported club like Bristol Rovers drop out of the league while tiny Fleetwood get their sixth promotion in 10 yrs, must be tough to take for Pirates fans.In fact, I think the Bristol Rovers/Shrewsbury play-off final in 2007 attracted over 61,000. Still the deep pockets of a benefactor have done it again, as with Crawley Town.

As NottsExile so rightly states, that takes one of the main threats away next season, but Fleetwood's small fanbase is unlikely to be a hinderance,whilst the Chairman remains in situ. Should he lose interest or take over a larger club,then the Cod Army will inevitably sink like a stone.
Quite right, bank rolling a club within the lower leagues is one thing.
It will become more difficult as they rise up the pyramid, particularly over
A long period.
They will sink eventually. I don't say this with any malice, it just that
Ultimately the truth will out
[quote][p][bold]nudger[/bold] wrote: Predicted on here a while ago that this game could have a sparse attendance,with even Cambridge /Gateshead managing over 19,000, so just scraping 14,000 is no surprise. To see a well-supported club like Bristol Rovers drop out of the league while tiny Fleetwood get their sixth promotion in 10 yrs, must be tough to take for Pirates fans.In fact, I think the Bristol Rovers/Shrewsbury play-off final in 2007 attracted over 61,000. Still the deep pockets of a benefactor have done it again, as with Crawley Town. As NottsExile so rightly states, that takes one of the main threats away next season, but Fleetwood's small fanbase is unlikely to be a hinderance,whilst the Chairman remains in situ. Should he lose interest or take over a larger club,then the Cod Army will inevitably sink like a stone.[/p][/quote]Quite right, bank rolling a club within the lower leagues is one thing. It will become more difficult as they rise up the pyramid, particularly over A long period. They will sink eventually. I don't say this with any malice, it just that Ultimately the truth will out y-front
  • Score: 4

9:21pm Mon 26 May 14

Edsoni says...

Like NottsExile, I feel Fleetwood's budget would have made them a big challenger next season.
However I wish Fleetwood all the best. I found them a very friendly club without the arrogance and malice we've seen from others with loaded pockets.
Many on here have stated that they would plough money into City if they won a Euromillions multi-rollover. Fleetwood happen to have a benefactor whose business acumen meant he didn't have to rely on lady luck. I would guess that most of their supporters have at least been on board during the conference years - certainly no evidence of a massive group of glory hunters!
Eastleigh will be the next to watch - they beat Oxford's offer to Constable (who's still the right side of thirty) and have also signed Midson from the Wombles.
I just hope our strike force develop the instincts of those two.
In the case of Oxford it seems that they may be reining back their spending - there are several other clubs that look to be taking an opposing approach.
I'm happy to hear that our club is progressing with the intention of financial balance. Whilst still supporting the ambitions of the supporters not betting the house on a fickle game.
Like NottsExile, I feel Fleetwood's budget would have made them a big challenger next season. However I wish Fleetwood all the best. I found them a very friendly club without the arrogance and malice we've seen from others with loaded pockets. Many on here have stated that they would plough money into City if they won a Euromillions multi-rollover. Fleetwood happen to have a benefactor whose business acumen meant he didn't have to rely on lady luck. I would guess that most of their supporters have at least been on board during the conference years - certainly no evidence of a massive group of glory hunters! Eastleigh will be the next to watch - they beat Oxford's offer to Constable (who's still the right side of thirty) and have also signed Midson from the Wombles. I just hope our strike force develop the instincts of those two. In the case of Oxford it seems that they may be reining back their spending - there are several other clubs that look to be taking an opposing approach. I'm happy to hear that our club is progressing with the intention of financial balance. Whilst still supporting the ambitions of the supporters not betting the house on a fickle game. Edsoni
  • Score: 5

10:02am Tue 27 May 14

JamesHinch says...

With the play-offs out of the way we can surely now announce our next signing - ....Jamille Matt?????
With the play-offs out of the way we can surely now announce our next signing - ....Jamille Matt????? JamesHinch
  • Score: 0

10:22am Tue 27 May 14

joejamestom says...

Best wishes to Fleetwood a good squad with depth should hold their own in League 1 just hope they consolidate for a while & see if they can get anywhere near to break even with their support, though I am sure the chairman is there for the long term.
Looking forward to our next signing Cmon City!!!
Best wishes to Fleetwood a good squad with depth should hold their own in League 1 just hope they consolidate for a while & see if they can get anywhere near to break even with their support, though I am sure the chairman is there for the long term. Looking forward to our next signing Cmon City!!! joejamestom
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