York City skipper Michael Ingham would like the club’s caretaker management team of Andy Porter and Steve Torpey to stay in charge until the end of the season at least.

Porter, assisted by Torpey, got his temporary tenure off to a winning start with Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Tamworth thanks to goals from Michael Rankine, Alex Lawless and Jamal Fyfield.

The pair will also share the dugout for tonight’s home match with Darlington (7.45pm) before City’s board decide whether to look outside the club for a permanent successor to Martin Foyle, who resigned last week.

Ingham though, believes the club would be wise to consider the continuity that Porter would provide in the role.

The City ’keeper said: “As the gaffer’s assistant, Ports already has the respect of the lads, as does Torps, who has had a lot of experience playing games and scoring goals in the Football League. The lads would be happy if they got the job, but that’s not up to me.

“The board have a week if they want to get somebody in but, if Ports and Torps were to be in temporary charge until the end of the season, the boys would be delighted. Sometimes changing manager isn’t the best way to go.

“You might get somebody come in who is set in their own ways and wants to change the whole style of play and personnel. That can take time and I don’t think we can do that. I feel continuity would be a good thing for York City.”

Ingham also paid tribute to the departed Foyle and sent him his best wishes for the future, adding: “I can’t speak highly enough of him.

“I’m the player who played the most games for him and I thought he was different class. He brought my career on loads and the lads were sad to see him go. I hope he gets another job and goes on to enjoy more success in the game.”

Ingham went on to stress the players still have a strong belief in their ability to challenge at the right end of the table despite an inconsistent start to the campaign.

He said: “I think it’s been a case of panic stations in some quarters, especially after the gaffer left, but that’s not been the feeling among the boys. We know we can play like we did on Saturday week in, week out.

“It just hasn’t happened for us but it all clicked at Tamworth and we were very happy with the performance.”

Ingham also felt it helped that City broke the deadlock on their travels for the first time this season, handing the 30-year-old ’keeper and his back four the opportunity to defend a lead away from home.

He said: “We came together as lads this week and said we need to start games better, press a bit higher up the pitch and retain the ball. If you do those simple things you can express yourself more and play the kind of football we did on Saturday.”

The City stopper added his praise for Greg Young, goalscorer Fyfield and Danny Racchi, who were all called up to the starting line up at Staffordshire, saying: “Greg’s a good no-nonsense strong defender, who picked up a few stitches on Saturday and he talks well with the younger lads. Jamal and Danny both came in and probably bossed the game too.”