Former SLO Phil Howden has responded to the York City FC statement that it could be about to start legal action against him.

It follows the club stating it was “extremely disappointed and offended” by a number of his social media posts and were now considering taking legal action. The club also insisted that Howden was “not ‘sacked’, as claimed, but tendered his resignation”.

However, the lifelong City fanatic who has worked for the club in a number of roles over the past seven years, has offered his full version of the events that took place in the lead to his departure earlier this week.

“As has been placed on public record, I tendered my resignation to the club 8 weeks ago,” he once again reiterated on his personal Facebook account. “This was rejected by CEO Jackie McNamara and withdrawn after reassurances were received about my ongoing role within the club.

“I continued from that point to work as normal, including many additional days (match days for example) above and beyond the call of duty. A couple of days ago, having not been introduced to the new Managing Director, Steven Kilmartin, I sent him an e-mail to introduce myself outlining the roles I performed within the club and stating that if he would like to meet me to go through any changes he would like to see, that I would be happy to speak to him.

“Upon my return home on that evening, an e-mail from Mr Kilmartin was in the inbox telling me that I had already resigned, had already served my notice, and would I confirm my departure date. I cannot publish these e-mails as my work e-mail account has been blocked, but there are several witnesses who have seen both.”

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