Sacked but promoted? York make McNamara chief executive after firing him

The club made the questionable decision to allow the Scot to continue to train the first-team despite sacking him and have now decided to make him chief executive


It has been a bizarre week for York City and, even more so, Jackie McNamara.

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On Monday, the club made the curious announcement that the Scot had been sacked as manager of the first-team, but that he would remain in charge of them for another two weeks.

However, it was then revealed on Sunday that the ex-Celtic and Scotland player would not only remain at the club, but will now work as their chief executive.

The National League side have created the role for the 42-year-old, who was appointed manager in November 2015 and they were relegated from League Two that year.

Currently 19th in the fifth tier of English football, York are hoping the new role helps make the job of McNamara's successor as boss easier.

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"It has become abundantly clear that a full-time Chief Executive is required at York City Football Club and Jackie is keen to implement and conclude the work we began to overhaul the Club from top to bottom confirmed in the Chairman’s Statement in April this year," a statement read.

"The appointment of Jackie McNamara will also allow the chairman, who will still be responsible for football club strategy, to focus more of his time to JM Packaging Ltd., which has seen substantial growth over the last six months, with the successful gaining of significant new customers.

"This will enable the Chairman to ensure there is financial security and longevity for both JM Packaging and York City Football Club."