National League side York City are in search of a new permanent manager after former boss Michael Morton was sacked on August 28. The Englishman took charge of the club on an interim basis six months back and was confirmed permanent coach in May after saving the club from relegation. However, a poor start to the league 2023/24 campaign which saw the Minstermen register three draws and three losses in the opening weeks has resulted in his sacking.
Tony McMahon – assistant coach under Morton – will act as caretaker in the coming days as the club is looking for a permanent replacement, with the next York City manager odds going up recently.
York City Next Manager Betting List
As far as the York City next manager odds are concerned, the experienced Neal Ardley tops the list. However, not everyone named below is available for instant hire.
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Neal Ardley would be able to take charge at York Community Stadium right away as he has been out of work since leaving fellow fifth-tier club Solihull Moors earlier this summer. Ardley received praise for his 2021/22 campaign with Solihull Moors after achieving a historic third-place finish with the team, although the following 2022/23 season his team returned to mid-table.
Thanks to his experience and adaptability, the 50-year-old has good chances to turn things around at York City. Ardley coached at levels above the National League – in League Two and League One with AFC Wimbledon and in League One with Notts County. Thus, his appointment would be a dream one for the Minstermen, although it is unclear whether he’d accept the potential offer.
Phil Parkinson is one of the names on the list of next York City manager odds that is currently employed. The 55-year-old currently trains Wrexham in League Two after achieving promotion from National League last year. His job does not seem to be in danger as Wrexham has had a decent start in the fourth tier and currently sit 15th out of 24. Other than Parkinson losing his current position, it is difficult to imagine why he would opt for York City.
Parkinson has the most impressive CV among the coaches listed, having previously worked at levels as high as the Championship during his time at Colchester, Hull City and Bolton Wanderers. His most impressive achievement, though, is taking fourth-tier Bradford City to the EFL League Cup final in 2013, although they lost to Swansea City eventually. All this is to say that Parkinson’s appointment looks too good to be true.
Although Kevin Phillips has been coaching for only two years (if we don’t count his experience as assistant coach at the likes of Leicester City, Derby County and Stoke City), the 50-year-old already has something to show for it. In the 2021/22 season, he finished second with South Shields in the seventh tier but lost the promotion play-offs, and in the 2022/23 campaign, he led the Mariners to promotion after being crowned league champions. However, he left the club by mutual consent in April and is said to be on the job market.
York City may have certain doubts about Phillips’ experience as the jump from the seventh to the fifth tier is a significant one, but we should not forget that the 50-year-old has knowledge of the elite leagues thanks to his time as an assistant coach.
Former Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson, on the other hand, knows the National League quite well as he is currently a player-manager at Gateshead. The 39-year-old has been juggling the two positions at the Tynesiders since 2019, having also worked as part of previous manager Ben Clark’s staff for six months.
In full charge of Gateshead – and also on the pitch from time to time – the 39-year-old achieved promotion to the National League as a result of the 2021/22 term, being named manager of the season. And in their first year back in the fifth tier, Gateshead achieved a respectable 14th-place finish.
Gateshead have started the 2023/24 campaign with two wins, two draws and two losses, sitting mid-table. Unless for a significant financial offer from the Yorkshire team, it is unlikely that Williamson will become the next York City manager in the near future.
Brian Barry-Murphy isn’t a free agent either, as he is employed by Manchester City as the head coach of their Elite Development Squad (U21). With the young Citizens, Barry-Murphy became Premier League 2 champion in 2021/22 and 2022/23. Barry-Murphy has coached the likes of Rico Lewis and James McAtee who have already made their debuts for Man City.
As far as his senior coaching career goes, the 45-year-old Irishman coached Rochdale in League one between 2019 and 2021, first as caretaker and later as permanent coach. The Dale survived the two seasons with Barry-Murphy at the helm, but were finally relegated at the end of 2020/21 and the manager was dismissed.
Once again, it would take a lot of convincing on York City’s part to see Barry-Murphy leave his job at Man City’s academy and accept an offer in the fifth tier.