York City’s relegation to non league football is set to be confirmed should they fail to beat Portsmouth at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday evening or should Newport County win their home match against Oxford United.
The Minstermen’s relegation coincides with manager Jackie McNamara’s dreadful record in charge of the club since his appointment in early November. The Scot has won just four of his 28 matches in charge of the North Yorkshire club, a win rate of just 14.29%.
McNamara is set to gain the unwanted record of being the manager of two clubs who have been relegated in the same season having started the current campaign as manager of Dundee United who currently sit eight points adrift of safety in the Scottish Premiership.
The72 takes a look back through the history books to analyse some of the other managers who have suffered the same fate as Jackie McNamara.
Season 2014/2015 – Gary Johnson
After overseeing Yeovil Town’s fairytale journey to the Championship, Gary Johnson’s side struggled on their return to League 1 following their single season in English football’s second tier and the former Latvia coach was relieved of his duties in February 2015 with The Glovers falling to relegation at the end of the season.
Johnson was then given an opportunity to save Cheltenham Town from the dreaded drop to non league football several weeks later but was unable to stop the rot at Whaddon Road as The Robins suffered a painful relegation from League 2.
Season 1987/1988 – Dave Bassett
In the early stages of his managerial career, Dave Bassett was given the manager’s job at Watford in June 1987. Bassett didn’t last long at Vicarage Road winning just seven of his 28 matches in charge and was sacked less than seven months later. The Hornets were relegated later that season as new manager Steve Harrison could not stop the rot.
Bassett moved on to Sheffield United just 10 days after leaving Watford but was unable to change The Blades’ fortunes and the South Yorkshire club slipped into the Third Division after losing a two legged Play Off match against Bristol City.
Season 1985/1986 – Ron Saunders
Villa legend Ron Saunders managed Midlands rivals Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion during the 1985/1986 season and was unable to prevent either club from falling through the First Division trap door. West Bromwich Albion finished the season with just 24 points while Birmingham City ended the campaign just one place above the division’s bottom club with 29 points. Both clubs were some way behind 19th placed Leicester City who escaped the drop with 42 points.
York City find themselves 11 points adrift of safety with just four matches left to play. City boss Jackie McNamara has been promised time to turn the club’s fortunes around in the Conference Premier next season.