Martin Foyle urges banned York City midfielder Levi Mackin to ‘grow up’

SUSPENDED midfielder Levi Mackin has been told to “grow up” by annoyed York City manager Martin Foyle.

Mackin picked up his tenth booking of the season during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Altrincham after shoving Chris Denham to the ground. The yellow card means Mackin will now be banned for tomorrow night’s trip to Mansfield and Saturday’s home match against another fellow play-off contender in AFC Wimbledon.

It will mean Mackin will now join injured midfield trio Alex Lawless (hamstring), Neil Barrett (hamstring) and Chris Carruthers (ankle) on the sidelines. Top scorer Richard Brodie was also cautioned for a 12th time at Moss Lane, moving him to within three bookings of a three-match suspension.

Foyle said: “Levi Mackin’s last four or five bookings have been silly and Saturday’s was as well. I wasn’t going to play him (at Altrincham) because I wanted to make sure he would be available for Mansfield and Wimbledon, but the decision he made has cost us and we need to grow up very quickly.”

Former Scunthorpe midfielder Paul Harsley, signed on loan from Chesterfield, is now poised to make his full debut at Field Mill tomorrow after replacing Mackin during Saturday’s second half.

Harsley played under Foyle when the City chief was in charge of Port Vale and, at 31, will be the eldest member of the Bootham Crescent playing staff other than 40-year-old goalkeeper coach Simon Miotto.

Having plied his trade in the Football League throughout a 14-year career, Foyle is hoping Harsley’s experience will prove beneficial to the squad.

He said: “During the last three or four games, we have needed more people wanting the ball and expressing themselves and he got right among the action as soon as he came on at Altrincham even though the tempo was high.

“He will settle us down and get us playing football, while bringing others into the game.”

The Minstermen managed 18 goal attempts compared to the hosts’ four, with Foyle adding: “We didn’t get the three points we thoroughly deserved after playing some excellent football in the second half having defended well against a strong wind in the first.

“We created enough chances to win a game, as we did against Salisbury and Forest Green, but couldn’t get the ball in the net although their ’keeper made a fantastic save from Richard Brodie.

Michael Ingham didn’t even get his gloves dirty and there were a lot of good things to take from the performance, but we are under pressure now to get something from the Mansfield and Wimbledon matches.”

Foyle fielded two out-and-out wingers in Adam Smith and Courtney Pitt against the Robins, but admitted he would be reluctant to follow suit at Bootham Crescent due to damaged turf on the flanks.

About Saturday’s tactics, the Minstermen boss, who made four changes to his starting line up, said: “The pitch was very good and I’m trying to find a winning formula. That’s my job and that’s why we keep chopping and changing.

“I want to play with wingers, but you can’t do that at our place.”

Foyle also expressed his gratitude for the away support in Cheshire, saying: “I’d like to say a big thank you to our supporters, who were excellent and clapped the lads off.”

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10:46am Mon 15 Mar 10

Phantom1974 says...

The headline of this article is misleading as it presents these comments like Foyle is making a stinging attack on Mackin as an individual when, in fact, he says "we" need to grow up - the whole squad. Password: "Over-Grow"!
The headline of this article is misleading as it presents these comments like Foyle is making a stinging attack on Mackin as an individual when, in fact, he says "we" need to grow up - the whole squad. Password: "Over-Grow"! Phantom1974

11:09am Mon 15 Mar 10

jaybazza says...

I disagree with the bookings for Mackin and Brodie received on Saturday, Mackin never touched Denham and if he did it certainly didnt justify his reaction to it.
And as for Brodie's booking, well answers on a postcard please because I still have no idea what he is supposed to have done. Unless it was for winning the ball and not giving the Alty defender a chance of winning it maybe??
Wouldnt suprise me with the quality of refereeing decisions this year....
2 massive games coming up this week, glad the confidence seems to be starting to come back.
I disagree with the bookings for Mackin and Brodie received on Saturday, Mackin never touched Denham and if he did it certainly didnt justify his reaction to it. And as for Brodie's booking, well answers on a postcard please because I still have no idea what he is supposed to have done. Unless it was for winning the ball and not giving the Alty defender a chance of winning it maybe?? Wouldnt suprise me with the quality of refereeing decisions this year.... 2 massive games coming up this week, glad the confidence seems to be starting to come back. jaybazza

11:15am Mon 15 Mar 10

jez b says...

"SUSPENDED midfielder Levi Mackin has been told to “grow up” by annoyed York City manager Martin Foyle. "
Now you know how the fans feel about you Foyle.
"SUSPENDED midfielder Levi Mackin has been told to “grow up” by annoyed York City manager Martin Foyle. " Now you know how the fans feel about you Foyle. jez b

11:53am Mon 15 Mar 10

Head of Bomber Command says...

jez b wrote:
"SUSPENDED midfielder Levi Mackin has been told to “grow up” by annoyed York City manager Martin Foyle. " Now you know how the fans feel about you Foyle.
You say fans as if it were all jez b??

I for one don't think that at all about Martin.

Not even microscopically (a very small amount jez b).

HOBC
[quote][p][bold]jez b[/bold] wrote: "SUSPENDED midfielder Levi Mackin has been told to “grow up” by annoyed York City manager Martin Foyle. " Now you know how the fans feel about you Foyle.[/p][/quote]You say fans as if it were all jez b?? I for one don't think that at all about Martin. Not even microscopically (a very small amount jez b). HOBC Head of Bomber Command

12:13pm Mon 15 Mar 10

Robert Davro says...

It does seem like the refs are picking on Brodie
It does seem like the refs are picking on Brodie Robert Davro

12:41pm Mon 15 Mar 10

Zetkin says...

I'm certainly starting to get angry with Mr Foyle.
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We are constantly reminded that the team is placed higher in the Conference than we dared hope before the season started, but the fact is that we have slipped very badly in recent weeks and are beginning to look like also-rans instead of nailed-on certainties for a play-off place.
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The difference between City and our erstwhile rivals at the tope of the table is that we failed to strengthen the squad significantly during January.
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For all his good work, Mr Foyle has let everyone down by failing to make some decent signings during the transfer window. It looks like that omission is going tocost us dear.
I'm certainly starting to get angry with Mr Foyle. ` We are constantly reminded that the team is placed higher in the Conference than we dared hope before the season started, but the fact is that we have slipped very badly in recent weeks and are beginning to look like also-rans instead of nailed-on certainties for a play-off place. ` The difference between City and our erstwhile rivals at the tope of the table is that we failed to strengthen the squad significantly during January. ` For all his good work, Mr Foyle has let everyone down by failing to make some decent signings during the transfer window. It looks like that omission is going tocost us dear. Zetkin

12:54pm Mon 15 Mar 10

jez b says...

Zetkin wrote:
I'm certainly starting to get angry with Mr Foyle. ` We are constantly reminded that the team is placed higher in the Conference than we dared hope before the season started, but the fact is that we have slipped very badly in recent weeks and are beginning to look like also-rans instead of nailed-on certainties for a play-off place. ` The difference between City and our erstwhile rivals at the tope of the table is that we failed to strengthen the squad significantly during January. ` For all his good work, Mr Foyle has let everyone down by failing to make some decent signings during the transfer window. It looks like that omission is going tocost us dear.
Well said Zetkin at least we want City to win, not content with rubbish like some folks.
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: I'm certainly starting to get angry with Mr Foyle. ` We are constantly reminded that the team is placed higher in the Conference than we dared hope before the season started, but the fact is that we have slipped very badly in recent weeks and are beginning to look like also-rans instead of nailed-on certainties for a play-off place. ` The difference between City and our erstwhile rivals at the tope of the table is that we failed to strengthen the squad significantly during January. ` For all his good work, Mr Foyle has let everyone down by failing to make some decent signings during the transfer window. It looks like that omission is going tocost us dear.[/p][/quote]Well said Zetkin at least we want City to win, not content with rubbish like some folks. jez b

1:01pm Mon 15 Mar 10

YorkCityLuke says...

No Jez B, we all want city to win, it's just that most of us appreciate that Martin Foyle is the most likely person to help us do that based on the generally excellent record the team has this season. He might not be perfect, but he's the best we've had in a long, long while. I think its very shortsighted to even think about saying things like 'Foyle Out' before the end of this season.
No Jez B, we all want city to win, it's just that most of us appreciate that Martin Foyle is the most likely person to help us do that based on the generally excellent record the team has this season. He might not be perfect, but he's the best we've had in a long, long while. I think its very shortsighted to even think about saying things like 'Foyle Out' before the end of this season. YorkCityLuke

1:13pm Mon 15 Mar 10

OLD - HEAD says...

Brodie was spoken to by the referee on several occasions at Altrincham, I think that his over theatrical reaction to being tackled in the penalty area was the final straw, it probably cost us a penalty, and Brodie another booking. I was right behind Martin Foyle when he questioned the fourth official, why was the Altrincham substitute, a few minutes earlier, not cautioned for a blatant dive?. There is no doubt that Richard Brodie is now becoming a target for referees, but he needs to do himself a favour by walking away and not getting involved in any form of dissent. I also think that Martin Foyle is doing the players no favours by harping on about the Bootham Crescent pitch, its the same for both teams, for Gods sake. For Foyle to say that he can not play with wingers at home is ridiculous. The Altrincham pitch (although better than ours) was making the ball bobble all over the place. Pitt is a natural footballer who should be able to play on any surface, Smith admittedly is up and down, but to be honest, when he is down, a bowling green would not be good enough. The code word is "shoe hold", they must be taking the ****!
Brodie was spoken to by the referee on several occasions at Altrincham, I think that his over theatrical reaction to being tackled in the penalty area was the final straw, it probably cost us a penalty, and Brodie another booking. I was right behind Martin Foyle when he questioned the fourth official, why was the Altrincham substitute, a few minutes earlier, not cautioned for a blatant dive?. There is no doubt that Richard Brodie is now becoming a target for referees, but he needs to do himself a favour by walking away and not getting involved in any form of dissent. I also think that Martin Foyle is doing the players no favours by harping on about the Bootham Crescent pitch, its the same for both teams, for Gods sake. For Foyle to say that he can not play with wingers at home is ridiculous. The Altrincham pitch (although better than ours) was making the ball bobble all over the place. Pitt is a natural footballer who should be able to play on any surface, Smith admittedly is up and down, but to be honest, when he is down, a bowling green would not be good enough. The code word is "shoe hold", they must be taking the ****! OLD - HEAD

1:20pm Mon 15 Mar 10

jez b says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
No Jez B, we all want city to win, it's just that most of us appreciate that Martin Foyle is the most likely person to help us do that based on the generally excellent record the team has this season. He might not be perfect, but he's the best we've had in a long, long while. I think its very shortsighted to even think about saying things like 'Foyle Out' before the end of this season.
Luke,
Bring a fresh boss in with new ideas and the play-off/promotion we all want may just happen. Stick with Foyle and it never will. Mid table this time and back in the old relegation zone 12 months from now.The players seem to have lost all respect for him.
Of course the big question is who would come in and are the board going to pay him off? Suspect unfortunately we are stuck with him until Conference North becomes inevitable.
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: No Jez B, we all want city to win, it's just that most of us appreciate that Martin Foyle is the most likely person to help us do that based on the generally excellent record the team has this season. He might not be perfect, but he's the best we've had in a long, long while. I think its very shortsighted to even think about saying things like 'Foyle Out' before the end of this season.[/p][/quote]Luke, Bring a fresh boss in with new ideas and the play-off/promotion we all want may just happen. Stick with Foyle and it never will. Mid table this time and back in the old relegation zone 12 months from now.The players seem to have lost all respect for him. Of course the big question is who would come in and are the board going to pay him off? Suspect unfortunately we are stuck with him until Conference North becomes inevitable. jez b

2:24pm Mon 15 Mar 10

Frank Black says...

The short term view and filckle nature of some posts on here really amazes me.

We've hit a bad patch, were missing a few of our more creative players and you want to sack the best manager we've had in over a decade.

Get a f**king grip.

Need I remind anyone that in January we were in the middle of a record breaking winning streak. Hardly a time to go sign 5/6 players and upset the squad.

As well as a an anti spam measure a minimum IQ test would be useful for this site. The limit could be set at 60 as that seems to me way above the IQ of some of the recent posters on here.
The short term view and filckle nature of some posts on here really amazes me. We've hit a bad patch, were missing a few of our more creative players and you want to sack the best manager we've had in over a decade. Get a f**king grip. Need I remind anyone that in January we were in the middle of a record breaking winning streak. Hardly a time to go sign 5/6 players and upset the squad. As well as a an anti spam measure a minimum IQ test would be useful for this site. The limit could be set at 60 as that seems to me way above the IQ of some of the recent posters on here. Frank Black

3:34pm Mon 15 Mar 10

jaybazza says...

Frank, top comment mate, I wonder if the comment could be related to jez b????
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Jez B, what is your problem with Foyle? He has turned us around, and there is still time for us to get back into the playoffs and maybe more, the other clubs could suffer a blip also and we could find ourselves top of the league.
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Then again you probably wouldnt be satisfied with that. Your comments on here are always derogatory anmd negative towards the side. Did you go on Saturday and see how unlucky we were not to come away with the points? No most likely not! Will you be going on Tuesday? Most likely not! Will you be at BC on Sat, again I doubt it very much!
Frank, top comment mate, I wonder if the comment could be related to jez b???? . Jez B, what is your problem with Foyle? He has turned us around, and there is still time for us to get back into the playoffs and maybe more, the other clubs could suffer a blip also and we could find ourselves top of the league. . Then again you probably wouldnt be satisfied with that. Your comments on here are always derogatory anmd negative towards the side. Did you go on Saturday and see how unlucky we were not to come away with the points? No most likely not! Will you be going on Tuesday? Most likely not! Will you be at BC on Sat, again I doubt it very much! jaybazza

3:37pm Mon 15 Mar 10

Robert Davro says...

'There is no doubt that Richard Brodie is now becoming a target for referees, but he needs to do himself a favour by walking away and not getting involved in any form of dissent.'

Spot on OLD-HEAD. He needs to start scoring again n all!
'There is no doubt that Richard Brodie is now becoming a target for referees, but he needs to do himself a favour by walking away and not getting involved in any form of dissent.' Spot on OLD-HEAD. He needs to start scoring again n all! Robert Davro

5:25pm Mon 15 Mar 10

PDH says...

jez b wrote:
"SUSPENDED midfielder Levi Mackin has been told to “grow up” by annoyed York City manager Martin Foyle. " Now you know how the fans feel about you Foyle.
I read that it said "we need to grow up" not that Mackin had to.
Then again i am a fan not just some Kn**head who just likes to wind everyone up, not just on this site, he likes to have a say about anything, not just footbaal, look at just about any report in the press and his comments are on there.
[quote][p][bold]jez b[/bold] wrote: "SUSPENDED midfielder Levi Mackin has been told to “grow up” by annoyed York City manager Martin Foyle. " Now you know how the fans feel about you Foyle.[/p][/quote]I read that it said "we need to grow up" not that Mackin had to. Then again i am a fan not just some Kn**head who just likes to wind everyone up, not just on this site, he likes to have a say about anything, not just footbaal, look at just about any report in the press and his comments are on there. PDH

5:47pm Mon 15 Mar 10

pratts brother says...

Sorry to say it,negative manager and a negative side,some of us arnt daft enough to think we are going to the play offs,season over tomorrow night.Time to stop dreaming and get in the real world,time for changes!
Sorry to say it,negative manager and a negative side,some of us arnt daft enough to think we are going to the play offs,season over tomorrow night.Time to stop dreaming and get in the real world,time for changes! pratts brother

7:07pm Mon 15 Mar 10

jaybazza says...

pratts brother wrote:
Sorry to say it,negative manager and a negative side,some of us arnt daft enough to think we are going to the play offs,season over tomorrow night.Time to stop dreaming and get in the real world,time for changes!
Pratts brother says it all i am afraid!!
[quote][p][bold]pratts brother[/bold] wrote: Sorry to say it,negative manager and a negative side,some of us arnt daft enough to think we are going to the play offs,season over tomorrow night.Time to stop dreaming and get in the real world,time for changes![/p][/quote]Pratts brother says it all i am afraid!! jaybazza

8:43pm Mon 15 Mar 10

nudger says...

Somewhat worrying that we finished with six changes from our supposed strongest side and that doesnt include Rankine just on for Gash.Injuries and suspensions are bound to play a part but i still feel MF is unsure what is his best strike pairing.Brodie will run the channels and can score,Pacquette is a box player only,Gash plays with his back to goal and wants it to his feet and Rankine wants it played aerial to win flick ons.So by changing the pairings its difficult for the team to develop a pattern of play and this is most noticeable when a striker is subbed by another who plays in a totally different way.It also makes it very difficult for Gash and Rankine to play with each other.
When Lawless is absent our passing game is replaced by chipped balls to the front where we need a willing runner.Now that Danny Wright is in dispute with Histon and playing for the reserves(with five other first teamers such as Lanre Odybanjo),why dont we go in for him. A swap for Pacquette or Ranks would give us a proven goalscorer and tireless runner without a disciplinary problem.Just right for the run-in when Brodie will inevitably be missing at least 3 games.Crawley soon nicked Matt Langston who was so good against us!
The fact that we seldom appeal the Brodie/Mackin bookings suggests that the club feel they are justified?
Somewhat worrying that we finished with six changes from our supposed strongest side and that doesnt include Rankine just on for Gash.Injuries and suspensions are bound to play a part but i still feel MF is unsure what is his best strike pairing.Brodie will run the channels and can score,Pacquette is a box player only,Gash plays with his back to goal and wants it to his feet and Rankine wants it played aerial to win flick ons.So by changing the pairings its difficult for the team to develop a pattern of play and this is most noticeable when a striker is subbed by another who plays in a totally different way.It also makes it very difficult for Gash and Rankine to play with each other. When Lawless is absent our passing game is replaced by chipped balls to the front where we need a willing runner.Now that Danny Wright is in dispute with Histon and playing for the reserves(with five other first teamers such as Lanre Odybanjo),why dont we go in for him. A swap for Pacquette or Ranks would give us a proven goalscorer and tireless runner without a disciplinary problem.Just right for the run-in when Brodie will inevitably be missing at least 3 games.Crawley soon nicked Matt Langston who was so good against us! The fact that we seldom appeal the Brodie/Mackin bookings suggests that the club feel they are justified? nudger

10:00pm Mon 15 Mar 10

Frank Black says...

Nudger, in any level of football there is no course of appeal for a yellow card unless its a case of mistake identity. You also can't appeal a red if you get two yellows.
Nudger, in any level of football there is no course of appeal for a yellow card unless its a case of mistake identity. You also can't appeal a red if you get two yellows. Frank Black

10:09am Tue 16 Mar 10

jez b says...

Super Selby Town!!
Super Selby Town!! jez b

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