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Jackie McNamara looking to restore winning ways at York City

5 November 2015

Jackie McNamara became the new York City manager yesterday, and immediately set his sights on restoring a winning mentality at the club.

McNamara, who has previously managed Partick Thistle and Dundee United as well as making 33 appearances for Scotland as a player, takes over with the Minstermen sitting 22nd in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

Read more: York City appoint Jackie McNamara as manager

York lost 1-0 to Crawley Town last time out - their 10th successive league match without a win - and McNamara's first target is to get a positive result this weekend against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup.

He told Minstermen player: “The first priority is to win this weekend and get into the next round. The longer term priority is to kick on and get back up the league; to get back to winning ways and hopefully galvanise the team. I'm looking forward to it.

“It's important for the players and fans that we can get a run in the FA Cup, it can give everybody a boost. That's what is needed at the moment, to get back to winning games and getting that winning mentality back. The confidence will come with that.”

McNamara, 42, also revealed that he intends to employ an attacking style of play at York, and knows his side need results now more than ever.

“I like to score goals, that's what we're in it for, to watch with excitement. But winning is the most important thing. For me the most important thing is to kick on and stay clear of the bottom.

“For me it's staying in League 2, but I don't see that as a challenge. I'm very passionate, alongside the chairman, to try and make a real difference here and not just survive in this league, but to take the team forward.”

The kit man is preparing the new management training wear as we speak.

— York City FC (@yorkcityfc) November 4, 2015

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