Beware play-off let-down warns York City chief

Beware play-off let-down warns York City chief

Beware play-off let-down warns York City chief

First published 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."

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12:01pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Yorkie41 says...

I wish the press would sort the email me box out. It is unsubscribing people.
I wish the press would sort the email me box out. It is unsubscribing people. Yorkie41
  • Score: -1

12:24pm Fri 4 Jul 14

RooBeck says...

We are assembling a squad of players, together with already having in place the management/coaching staff and Board support, to be able to keep that Top Three in sight for the majority of next season, much like the three teams who gained automatic promotion in 2013/14 from League2! Let's move on from the lottery of the play-offs and show that we are one of the division's top teams/club. COYR.
We are assembling a squad of players, together with already having in place the management/coaching staff and Board support, to be able to keep that Top Three in sight for the majority of next season, much like the three teams who gained automatic promotion in 2013/14 from League2! Let's move on from the lottery of the play-offs and show that we are one of the division's top teams/club. COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 11

12:37pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Fat Harry says...

I have to confess the play-off hangover has been a worry at the back of my mind since we got into the play-offs, never mind just missed out.

A big difference between City and the other clubs mentioned is that Mr Worthingto has gone all-out to hugely strengthen the squad, rather than just hoping that we can do a little bit better.

He certainly hasn't rested on his laurels, I hope he is successful in getting the same message across to the players!
I have to confess the play-off hangover has been a worry at the back of my mind since we got into the play-offs, never mind just missed out. A big difference between City and the other clubs mentioned is that Mr Worthingto has gone all-out to hugely strengthen the squad, rather than just hoping that we can do a little bit better. He certainly hasn't rested on his laurels, I hope he is successful in getting the same message across to the players! Fat Harry
  • Score: 26

4:27pm Fri 4 Jul 14

born&breed says...

Hopefully there will be no 'play-off hang over' - we have eight new players in the squad so therefore they shouldn't get that feeling - they should be up for it and proving to fans that they are the right players to take our great club forward and upwards
Hopefully there will be no 'play-off hang over' - we have eight new players in the squad so therefore they shouldn't get that feeling - they should be up for it and proving to fans that they are the right players to take our great club forward and upwards born&breed
  • Score: 2

7:25pm Fri 4 Jul 14

the-e-man says...

Fat Harry wrote:
I have to confess the play-off hangover has been a worry at the back of my mind since we got into the play-offs, never mind just missed out.

A big difference between City and the other clubs mentioned is that Mr Worthingto has gone all-out to hugely strengthen the squad, rather than just hoping that we can do a little bit better.

He certainly hasn't rested on his laurels, I hope he is successful in getting the same message across to the players!
Could not agree more. Although we had a very good end to the season there were obvious and glaring problems which NW has tried to rectify (bearing in mind the limitations of his budget)
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: I have to confess the play-off hangover has been a worry at the back of my mind since we got into the play-offs, never mind just missed out. A big difference between City and the other clubs mentioned is that Mr Worthingto has gone all-out to hugely strengthen the squad, rather than just hoping that we can do a little bit better. He certainly hasn't rested on his laurels, I hope he is successful in getting the same message across to the players![/p][/quote]Could not agree more. Although we had a very good end to the season there were obvious and glaring problems which NW has tried to rectify (bearing in mind the limitations of his budget) the-e-man
  • Score: 2

10:07am Sat 5 Jul 14

Peppa07 says...

I'm feeling pretty positive about the coming season, but the remarks about the hangover are there to guard against excessive expectations. We all want a good season but there's no guarantee we're Top Three contenders. Truth is we haven't a clue until 10 games have passed. My guess is only four players will be survivors from the Fleetwood games: Penn, Lowe, McCombe, Coulson. So we're a completely new team. This is not unusual at this level, hence the big fluctuation in teams' pwerformance from one season to the next.
I'm feeling pretty positive about the coming season, but the remarks about the hangover are there to guard against excessive expectations. We all want a good season but there's no guarantee we're Top Three contenders. Truth is we haven't a clue until 10 games have passed. My guess is only four players will be survivors from the Fleetwood games: Penn, Lowe, McCombe, Coulson. So we're a completely new team. This is not unusual at this level, hence the big fluctuation in teams' pwerformance from one season to the next. Peppa07
  • Score: 3

10:45am Sat 5 Jul 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

Success in footbal is simple maths:

w = O + 1
d = O
l = O - 1

where O = number of goals scored by the opponents on the day. Solve that and you're there! I.e. get a goalscorer and a no-nonsense defence so we are on th way.
Success in footbal is simple maths: w = O + 1 d = O l = O - 1 where O = number of goals scored by the opponents on the day. Solve that and you're there! I.e. get a goalscorer and a no-nonsense defence so we are on th way. North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: -3

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