Nigel Worthington has resigned as manager of York City , the Sky Bet League 2 club have announced.The former Northern Ireland boss vacates a position he had held since March 2013 and leaves the Minstermen after only one win in 14 games in all competitions this term.
The 52-year-old took them to the League 2 Play-Offs last season on the back of a remarkable 17-game unbeaten streak, yet they were knocked out at the semi-final stage by Fleetwood Town.
They have failed to recapture such form this year, though, and are 22nd in the table, with only goal difference keeping them out of the bottom two.
York lost 3-1 at Newport County on Saturday and, in a series of quotes posted by the club's Twitter account, Worthington said: "After Saturday's result and in the best interests of York City, I have made the difficult decision to leave the club.
"I feel the timing of my departure will give the players ample number of games to gain the points needed to ensure York City finishes in a good position in League 2 by the end of the season.
"In recent weeks, performances have not been up to my high standards and I take full responsibility for this as manager."