Less than seventy two hours after his dismissal from Wrexham, Gary Mills has returned to management at his former club York City.
The former Nottingham Forest star will take up the role immediately and is already preparing the Minstermen squad for their FA Cup Fourth Round qualifying replay at Curzon Ashton on Monday night.
The Minstermen also confirmed that former manager Jackie McNamara is to move into a new role as the club’s Chief Executive.
This is Mills’ second spell at the helm at Bootham Crescent, after a three year reign between 2010 and 2013.
During that time he led the club to promotion back into the Football League via the play-offs and to their FA Trophy win over Newport County.
After leaving Bootham Crescent Mills took up the managerial role at Gateshead and came close to leading the Tynesiders into the Football League, only to see Cambridge United shattered their dreams in the promotion final.
Mills opted to leave the International Stadium to take over at Wrexham, but after an underwhelming start to the season he was sacked last week.
Now he returns to York City with the club sitting just two places above the relegation places in the Vanarama National League.
The club confirmed his return to the club in a statement released on their official website.
It read “York City Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Mills as First Team Manager.
Gary will take up his role immediately and will prepare the team for the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round replay away at Curzon Ashton tomorrow evening. He will be assisted by Youth Team Manager, Steve Torpey.
The Club received a deluge of applications from candidates at all levels in football who were both available immediately and also currently working as first team managers. After careful consideration and upon completion of the interview process with a selection of potential candidates, it was decided that Gary Mills was the person most qualified to take the team forward and was consequently offered the role of First Team Manager. Gary was delighted to accept the offer and once the terms of his employment had been agreed with the Chairman, a meeting was arranged, at short notice, with Jackie McNamara to discuss his assessment of the current playing squad.
Gary is looking forward to returning to York City FC and making an immediate impact with both players and results. He is taking the team this afternoon for the first time, having stayed overnight in York.
Gary brings with him a depth of knowledge and experience at this level, together with a track record of getting the most out of players and is well known for his exciting, attacking and, when necessary, pragmatic brand of football to achieve positive results.
The Club would like to ask the supporters to join them in welcoming Gary back to York City FC and to get behind him and the players, to achieve all our ambitions and goals, not only for the remainder of this season, but also for the important period leading up to the completion of the new Community Stadium in 2018″
Article: Mark Carruthers