BILLY McEwan was today sacked as York City manager.

The 56-year-old Scot was summoned into a meeting at KitKat Crescent this morning with directors and relieved of his duties - bringing to an end his near three-year reign.

Colin Walker will become caretaker manager.

A statement from the club's board of directors said it was "with regret" that the club had parted company with McEwan but added that to "allow the present circumstances to continue would be a disservice to the club and our supporters".

After guiding the Minstermen to the Conference play-off semi-finals last year, City have struggled this term and currently lie in 19th place in Blue Square Premier.

A week ago, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Havant and Waterlooville and after a 3-1 home defeat to Salisbury on Saturday, York's eighth home defeat in 12 games, the board have decided enough is enough.

The statement reads: "It is with regret that York City Football Club has parted company with manager Billy McEwan.

"Billy has been instrumental in the turnaround in the playing fortunes of the Club, with last season's play-off position the major highlight.

"Billy has also helped to nurture and develop the talents of a number of York City players. However, the football industry is very much a result based business and currently the Club has played 19 games of the 2007/2008 season and is sitting 19th place in the Blue Square Premier division.

"The Board of Directors feels that to allow present circumstances to continue would be a disservice to the club and our supporters. It is therefore felt a fresh approach is needed to take the club out of our current predicament.

"Everyone at York City Football Club would like to thank Billy McEwan for his hard work and dedication over the last two and a half years and wish him the very best for his future career.

"Reserve team coach, Colin Walker, will take on the responsibilities of caretaker manager."

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