By Jake Adkin
York City manager Gary Mills has agreed to stay on for the 2017/18 season, despite his sides’ relegation to the National League.
The Minstermen finished 21st in the league this year, which saw them relegated for the second time in as many seasons. York have lost just twice in their last seven games, but poor form before the New Year will likely be the main case of blame.
Mills’ men have won just four games on the road this year and have finished just a point below the drop. They will view their relegation as down to a poor run of form in November and October, and also a set of fine margins towards the end of the year.
York face Macclesfield in the FA Trophy final at Wembley Stadium in what is now the only game that could put a smile on the faces of their fans. Macclesfield are also one of the only teams that York City have done the double over in the league, winning 1-0 and 3-1 respectively, and a Wembley win would give Mills position more credibility, ahead of their season in the Conference North.
Macclesfield, who finished a respectable ninth place in the National League, will go to Wembley off the back of a cup run that included scalps like Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere Rovers, while York beat Nuneaton and National League champions Lincoln City, who’s FA Cup run this season has been well documented.
Mills has also received a vote of confidence from talisman Jon Parkin who has pledged his allegiance to the club and his manager, and the York fans will be equally pleased as the big man has netted 13 in the league this year, a club best for this year.
Even with an FA Trophy in the clubs’ cabinet, the club will still remember this season as a disappointing one, with the Football League now being a distant memory.