>According to today’s Non League Paper Martin Foyle is about to be announced as manager of York City! My first reaction was “Didn’t they see what happened here over the last twelve months?” but I suppose it raises a wider question. To what extent should Foyle be tarred by the same brush as Brian Little?
I suppose the honest answer is to say it’s impossible to tell. York are excitedly putting out the fact that they’ve attracted a manager with League One experience; well we had the extravagant splendour of a management team consisting of three Football League managers, one of whom had extensive experience at the top level, and look where that left us.
Of course, sometimes assistant bosses have their own ideas but aren’t able to express them until they take over. I can’t help thinking this wasn’t the case at The Racecourse though. While we’ll never know just how much of the Little disaster was down to Foyle, to be a participant in such a carcrash can hardly be seen as a positive on your CV.
Of course, we didn’t even get a clue of his approach when he was caretaker as he stook slavishly to Little’s selection of the game, a fact which, allied to his profession of loyalty to his old boss after the game, suggested he heartily endorsed Little’s approach. Lucky for him that The Minstermen didn’t follow events in North Wales too closely then, although they surely ought to cast their mind back to their experiences in Dean Saunders’ first home game as Dragons’ boss to see the value of his fresh start.
Perhaps the oddest element of York’s decision is the NLP claims that Denis Smith was also a contender, but they decided not to go for him as they didn’t want someone with prior connections to City. While I appreciate that “never go back” is generally sound advice, given the choice between someone who played a part in the Little regime and Smith, whose dismissal caused all our problems in the first place, I certainly know who I’d go for!