York City caretaker manager Sam Collins has declared that he would “definitely” be interested in the Bootham Crescent hot-seat on a permanent basis, report York Press.

Youth-team chief Collins, who has taken temporary charge of Hartlepool on three occasions in the past, will be at the Minstermen helm for Saturday’s trip to Brackley and the bank holiday Monday home clash against Blyth Spartans. City sporting director Dave Penney has insisted that Collins is “very much” in the reckoning for the full-time vacancy caused by Martin Gray’s dismissal and the former Huddersfield and Bury defender, who arrived at Bootham Crescent in the summer, has confirmed he would like to be considered for the position:

“I’d definitely be interested,” Collins said of the chance to succeed Gray. “I’ve played against York City in League One when people I know, like Jon McCarthy, were here, so I know what a big club this is and there aren’t many better at this level that you could get an opportunity to take over as manager.

“I’ve been coaching for more than 12 years now and it has always been in my mind, going back to my playing days, that I’d like to be a manager one day so, hopefully, it goes well, and we can have another conversation and, if I get asked the question, I’ll have a decision to make.”

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