YORK City have appointed Neal Ardley as the club's new first-team manager. 

Following the sacking of manager Michael Morton last week, York have announced the appointment of Ardley as his replacement on a three-year deal. 

It has been a disastrous start to the Vanarama National League season for the Minstermen, beginning their campaign on a run of seven matches without a win, and only avoiding the bottom of the table due to a points deduction being handed out to Southend United.

As a result, Morton was removed of his post last week following a 3-1 defeat to Rochdale, with Ardley since being appointed as the club's new first-team manager.

Ardley has gained previous managerial experience as the manager of AFC Wimbledon, Notts County and most recently Solihull Moors, who he left at the beginning of the season due to issues with travel.

Ardley also began his managerial career in the academy of Cardiff City, whom he also played for in his playing days, and therefore boasts player development in his locker.

Having previously gained experience of promotion with AFC Wimbledon, Ardley has plenty of expertise at managing at the National League level, having guided both Notts County and Solihull Moors into the play-offs in recent years. 

Ardley also guided Solihull Moors to their highest-ever finish in the 2021/22 season, with the Midlands-based side finishing in 3rd position of the National League.

The 51-year-old maintains an average win percentage of 37.1 per cent in his previous stints as boss, and enjoyed a successful career as a professional footballer, playing for the likes of Wimbledon, Watford, Cardiff City, Milwall and for the England Under-21's side.

Ardley joins the club on a long-term contract after owner Matt Uggla pleaded for patience from the York fanbase earlier in the week, confirming that the vacant position had received a high volume in applications as interviews were carried out in the back end of last week. 

It is yet to be confirmed whether Ardley will be bringing his own staff into the club, with Tony McMahon no longer acting as the club's interim manager.

Uggla spoke on social media about the appointment, saying: "First manager I’ve ever appointed.

"After getting to know the man I know the club is in very safe hands and he fits the vision and culture we are trying to build!

"Very exciting times. Thanks so much to Darren and David for helping get this over the line and Lisa too!"