Jackie McNamara has stepped down as manager of Vanarama National League strugglers York City.

Ahead of Saturday’s draw at Braintree Town, the Minstermen released a statement revealing that the former Celtic and Wolves defender would offer his resignation if his side failed to get a positive result from the game.

Simon Heslop’s early goal offered them hope, but they were dashed as Braintree grabbed a point with a late penalty from striker Lee Barnard.

McNamara revealed post-match that he would hold further discussions on his future with Minstermen chairman Jason McGill and now it has been announced that he will leave his role at the Bootham Crescent club.

A statement on the club’s official website announced the outcome of the meeting.

It read “Further to the statement last week regarding the future of York City Manager, Jackie McNamara and following the game on Saturday, it has been decided, in the best ycfcinterest of York City Football Club, that Jackie McNamara step down as First Team Manager.

After purposeful discussions it was agreed that results and performances, in the main, have not been acceptable nor have they achieved the high standards expected”

McNamara will remain with the club until a replacement is found, with the club revealing that McGill has asked him to “train and prepare the team until a suitable candidate has been determined”.

McNamara joined the Minstermen in November 2015 and was unable to keep them in the Football League as a 3-0 defeat against Accrington Stanley confirmed their relegation into the Vanarama National League.

The former Scotland defender undertook an overhaul of the Minstermen squad during the summer, with over two new signings brought into the club.

Those changes failed to have the desired effect with the club sat just three points above the relegation zone in the National League and now they will begin the search for a replacement for McNamara.

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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