Away from the trials and tribulations of Newcastle United, interesting to see developments down at York City.

There are must win matches and there are….’must win’ matches.

Losing to rock bottom Guiseley (hadn’t previously won a game) in midweek, York City then released a statement.

In the statement they said that Manager Jackie McNamara had agreed to resign of his players don’t produce a ‘positive result’ against Braintree Town on Saturday afternoon.

Is this brave or reckless?

Will it inspire the team, or instead give the players the perfect opportunity to get rid of their Manager?

It certainly adds a bit of spice to an otherwise run of the mill National League game.

I wouldn’t mind it catching on and just a shame we hadn’t heard the likes of McClaren, Carver, Allardyce and Souness making a similar pledge before they eventually were ditched at Newcastle United.

They have saved themselves a bit by saying ‘positive result’ rather than ‘win’ but as it is fifth bottom York playing third bottom Braintree, anything less than an unlucky draw must surely equal less than a…positive result.

So on a Newcastle free day I will be having a look to see if York’s manager is still in place before England kick-off in their latest bore-fest against Malta at 5pm.

Official York City Statement:

‘Following a meeting with the Chairman this morning, and in light of the disappointing performance and result last night, York City manager Jackie McNamara has considered his position going forward.

It has been decided that, if the team fails to gain a positive result at Braintree Town on Saturday, the York City manager will tender his resignation.

The manager will be looking for a passionate and committed reaction from the players after the capitulation at Nethermoor Park on Tuesday evening.’