MATT UGGLA has reaffirmed to the York City supporters that the ‘sky is the limit’ with him in charge of the football club.

Friday night’s Emirates FA Cup spectacle with Wigan Athletic saw York televised globally, with great focus being placed onto Uggla and his plans for the club.

Uggla has been a busy man since taking the reigns of the club from former owner Glen Henderson in late June alongside his mother Julie-Anne Uggla, with the pair recently acquiring an additional 24 per cent ownership from the York City Supporters’ Trust.

With the club reaching the FA Cup second round and finding their feet in the Vanarama National League, having lost just one of their previous five matches, Uggla has assured that the club will be aiming high under his stewardship.

“York is crying out for a top, top sports team and that can be us,” Uggla told the BBC at half-time of City’s 1-0 defeat to Wigan on Friday.

“A lot of owners have weird motives in football as you will have seen, I won’t name any clubs, but we’re not here for that.

“We’re not here to make money, we love the sport and we’ve fallen in love with the people and the city.

“There’s going to be tough times and there are going to be ups and downs but if we all stick together and all push in the right way and are honest, then we can have a great relationship.

“I think that this year is a building year, obviously we have got to stay up in this league and that’s fine, I think we’ll be fine because we are too good to go down.

“It might be arrogant but it is what I think. We have to get the stuff behind-the-scenes right and get the infrastructure right, once that’s in place then we can make a push for it.

“Let’s get to the end of the year, get everything behind-the-scenes right and then I think we can push for it next year.

“This year is just about getting that infrastructure right, kick on in the summer and get the recruitment right and I’d like to make a push at the top end next year. 

“I don’t think there’s a massive gap between League Two and the National League anymore, so then you can really bounce on. 

“Once you get those mechanisms right and thing’s start rolling, the sky is the limit.”

Uggla also touched upon his decision to take over the club in the Summer and what drew him to York, and analysed City’s first-half performance against Wigan, with the owner believing the Minstermen should have been awarded a penalty.

“We were looking for a club for a while and I looked at a lot, probably at about 20 or 30 of them. 

“But we wanted one that had maybe lost its way a little bit and had the potential to grow. 

“I think you can see from the numbers tonight and from the atmosphere that this is a special club, so it was quite easy in the end. The city is also beautiful.

“It will come with success, it was a top performance in the first-half and I think it was a penalty, but I might be biased. It will be slow but we are getting there. 

“It’s tough, it’s a long list (of challenges) and we could be here a while. 

“I think the recruitment in the Summer was tough because the infrastructure behind the club wasn’t there for it to be quick, and we had to train later in the day. 

“With that now in place and the signings that have come in under Neal (Ardley, first-team manager) and the new recruitment guys, it’s been fantastic and I think that’s picked up.”

Uggla also touched upon his publicly close relationship with goalkeeper and Head of Recruitment David Stockdale, with the City owner particular fond of roast dinners with the experienced shot-stopper.

“Stocky is my guy, I go to his house on Sunday’s for Sunday dinner! 

“His wife Katie, who is a wonderful lady, delicious, the best roast potatoes I have ever had. 

“Not just as a player, he’s obviously top as he was in that half, but just having that character around the dressing room and around the club, he’s a winner. 

“He’s been in these situations and this doesn’t phase him, for some of the lads who haven’t played in something like this before, it’s great.”