Former York City midfielder Jonathan Greening is hoping his ex-West Brom team-mate Steve Watson is given time to prove his credentials after being appointed the club’s new manager, York Press report.

None of the Minstermen’s last four appointments – Sam Collins, Martin Gray, Gary Mills and Jackie McNamara – have lasted 12 months in the job, while Russ Wilcox, before them, only survived 11 more days after his one-year anniversary at the helm.

Watson and Greening spent two seasons together at the Hawthorns, with the latter even teeing up City’s new chief for his only Baggies goal during a 2-1 derby defeat to Aston Villa.

The ex-Manchester United and Middlesbrough midfielder said: “Watto’s a big name and I think he’s a good appointment. He’s been an assistant, coach and manager at all different levels now and commands respect because of his playing career and what he’s done at Gateshead.

“He’s taken a big drop from the top-eight in the National League to the bottom-eight in National League North – we all know that – and the players are not his own, but he’ll be looking to get the best out of them and I think he will. There might need to be some patience this season too, though, because he’ll have to look at the squad and decide which ones he wants to keep and which he might let go.

“Then, next season, when he starts bringing his own players in, we can judge him at the new stadium.”

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