"MY philosophy is to win."

So declared former Scotland international Jackie McNamara as he was unveiled as York City's new manager.

The 42-year-old, who was sacked by Dundee United at the end of September after a poor run despite a club record which was second only to the great Jim McLean, takes over from Russell Wilcox, who lost his job at Bootham Crescent nine days ago with the club near the foot of League Two.

Though still disappointed by the manner of his departure from Tannadice, McNamara, who also previously managed Partick Thistle north of the Border, is relishing his new challenge.

"It's exciting," said the former Celtic captain. "I'm excited about the challenge and the ambition here after speaking to the chairman and the board. There's a new stadium in the next couple of years and things to build on.

"A lot of things have drawn me to York. It's a challenge and one I'm really looking forward to.

"There are things to improve on. League Two is different to what I've been used to but myself and Simon had a spell playing in England. It's something new and a fresh challenge.

"It's a lovely part of the world down here in York and I'm looking forward to meeting the players and getting started."

Asked what footballing philosophy he would bring to Bootham Crescent, he said: "My philosophy is to win - but it's also to play attractive football, with people looking forward to coming to watch us play.

"We also want to develop players, improve players - young players and senior players - and we want to grow and make the club better and strive for success."