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Martin Foyle lands York City manager’s job
Updated 11.40am: FORMER Port Vale boss Martin Foyle is York City’s new manager.
Foyle, 45, will replace the sacked Colin Walker after caretaker chief Neil Redfearn oversaw a 2-2 home draw with Crawley yesterday.
Foyle said today: “I’ve been offered the job and I’ve accepted it because I feel it’s a good job. The Conference is a good level and I really enjoyed my time at Wrexham.
“I feel I can work with anyone in whatever coaching role it is whether that is as a manager, first-team coach or whatever. But when York’s chairman (Jason McGill) offered me the job, I had no hesitation in accepting it.”
City chairman Jason McGill said: “We are very pleased to welcome Martin to York City. Martin has a very impressive CV and, importantly for us, has an extremely good knowledge of Conference football and what is required to succeed in this division.
"He also has the very best coaching qualifications and having been a great centre forward himself, we believe he will help our own strikers to develop and grow.
“We will be meeting with Martin today at the club and he will then commence coaching with the team tomorrow in advance of our game away to Salisbury on Saturday. We wish Martin all the best in his new role.”
Foyle managed at Vale Park for three-and-a-half years before leaving in September 2007. Having taken over from Brian Horton in February 2004, he was in charge as Vale missed out on a League One play-off place on goal difference.
The side then finished 17th the next season and two mid-table campaigns followed before Vale started the last campaign with just five points and three goals from their first seven games and Foyle left by mutual consent.
More recently, Foyle was placed in temporary charge of Wrexham after Brian Little, who took him to Wales in January, was relieved of his duties. Foyle, however, followed Little out of the door when Dean Saunders was made boss last month.
Salisbury-born Foyle’s playing career started at top-flight level with Southampton in 1981.
He went on to score 199 goals in 643 games during a career that ended at the age of 36 in 2000 and also included spells with Blackburn, Aldershot and Oxford.
The 5ft 10in forward commanded more than £500,000 in transfer fees, including a £375,000 switch from Oxford to Vale, which was a club record for the Potteries club.
He also became Vale’s post-war record goalscorer with 107 goals.
On his retirement at Vale, he went straight into coaching by taking charge of the youth team.