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Ex-caretaker manager Andy Porter hails ‘great’ York City players
DEPARTED caretaker boss Andy Porter says he will look back on his time at York City with “pride”.
Having left the club on Wednesday after four games in temporary charge and nearly two years as assistant to Martin Foyle, Porter said he felt the duo had achieved a great deal in their short stay at Bootham Crescent.
With two Wembley finals and a trip to Stoke City in the third round of the FA Cup to look back on, Porter said the pair had much to look back on with fondness.
“There is a bit of pride with what we have done,” he said when asked about the highlights of his time with the Minstermen. “We had 21 months together me and Martin and they were good times.
“We were unlucky at Wembley, we didn’t do ourselves justice there and we had good cup runs and played at Stoke. It is something to look back on, along with the friendship with the players.
“They have been great for us. Five or six were really solid and behind us and what we achieved last year with them was good.”
On the circumstances surrounding his departure, Porter said: “Decisions have to be made. Not just for the club but for myself. It was no good dragging it on. The club wants stability.
“I wanted an answer quickly. I had four games and if I had got a result (against Kettering) things could have been different. I wanted the manager’s job and it is hard then to go back to assistant.
“They (the board) were very good. They did everything properly and were very helpful. They let me bring in a player before the Tuesday game to try to get a result but it wasn’t to be.
“I am going to have a week off, have a rest and be with the family. Then I will look around. There are a few jobs going and this is the time of year when it does happen.
“It is a manager’s job I am after. I have had a few years as assistant and I think I am ready.”
But Porter did not rule out the prospect of working with Foyle again in the future, adding the former City boss was now on the lookout for a new post.
“I have spoken to him and he was fine. He’s getting a few jobs done around the house,” he added. “He is sending his CV off everywhere.
“He has had his week’s break. He is a good friend, we work well together and we trust each other.
“We are very similar in what we are after but we are also different in other ways.”
And when asked if he would prefer his next post to be closer to home, with both Porter and Foyle having spent substantial parts of the week away from their families while at Bootham Crescent, he said: ““We never grumbled about being away from home. It was a big thing but they (the club) looked after us with a flat. They tried to make us feel at home as much as they could. They could not have done any more.”
Meanwhile, youth team boss Steve Torpey will take the helm for tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet Premier trip to Newport County if a permanent replacement for Foyle is not unveiled today.
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