Caretaker chief Sam Collins is ‘very much’ in the reckoning to become York City’s next permanent manager, say The (York) Press.

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Collins and former Hartlepool team-mate Stuart Parnaby have been placed in temporary charge at Bootham Crescent, having been promoted from their respective roles as youth-team manager and strength and conditioning coach following the dismissal of Martin Gray.

After filling in on the same basis at Hartlepool three times in the past, 41-year-old Collins was taken on by the Minstermen over the summer, having left his role as professional development coach at League One outfit Bradford City.

Addressing the media for the first time since Gray’s Sunday morning dismissal, City sporting director Dave Penney confirmed that Collins would be in charge for the next two matches at Brackley on Saturday and against a visiting Blyth Spartans on bank holiday Monday.

If progress is shown, it is also anticipated that Collins and Parnaby will be given a longer period to outline their credentials, with Penney declaring: “Sam has stepped up to caretaker manager and Stuart has stepped up to be his assistant and we’ll run with that for the next few games.

“We’ve not got anybody in place to take over from Martin (Gray), as we didn’t plan for this to happen or want it to. We were hoping Martin would be here for a long time and Sam and Stuart will certainly be taking the team for the next two games and, hopefully, they do well and put us in a position where we have to make a decision in terms of offering them the job or not.”

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