YORK City chairman Matt Uggla has revealed that Kevin Maher will NOT become the club’s new manager.

The current Southend United boss had been among the favourites to replace Michael Morton, who was sacked on Monday evening following the Minstermen’s 3-1 home defeat to Rochdale.

Southend are currently the only team below York at the bottom of the Vanarama National League table after being handed a 10-point deduction, following a poor start that has seen the Minstermen fail to taste victory so far this season.

Ex-York City boss Michael Morton issues first statement following sacking

BetVictor had given Maher odds of 8/1 to take over at York after a fine start to the season that has seen the Shrimpers back up their 4-0 rout of 10-man Oldham Athletic on the opening weekend with victories over both Dagenham & Redbridge and Eastleigh.

City raised over £12,000 for the Shrimpers’ Trust hardship fund - which will be used to pay staff, should they need it - at their friendlies against Doncaster Rovers and Middlesbrough through July.

And Uggla confirmed that due to the new relationship between the clubs, he will not be approaching Maher for City’s vacant managerial role.

Speaking on social media, he said: “His loyalty to Southend is amazing, and we wouldn’t approach him due to the relationship between the two clubs.

“What a fantastic job he is doing.”

The Shrimpers' Trust responded, showing their gratitude to Uggla for his decision, saying: "We await our Knight in shining armour. What a top bloke @matt_uggla is."