Results, performances, league position and crowd dissent all played their part in the dismissal of York City manager Martin Gray, report The York Press.

That is the verdict of City sporting director Dave Penney, who revealed the board first discussed Gray’s position after Saturday’s 1-1 National League North home draw with Curzon Ashton.

Ex-Darlington chief Gray then learned his fate on Sunday morning following a telephone call from Penney.

The decision came just five matches and 15 days into the new season, but Penney reasoned: “It came down to a culmination of things and results were a big factor.

“You can make stats work in whichever way you want but, taking into account the end of last season, we’ve won two of our last 12 games. The performances haven’t been good enough either and have led to unrest among supporters.

“You obviously listen to the boos at half-time and at the end of home games and that has an effect because, as a board member, you can’t ignore it and they have been vocal at other grounds as well.”

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