York City sporting director Dave Penney does not believe manager Martin Gray should lose his job if the club fail to make the play-offs.

Gray took over from Gary Mills at the end of September, having left Darlington, where he won three promotions in five seasons before securing a play-off spot in National League North last term. The Minstermen currently occupy this season’s final play-off position, but eighth-placed Chorley are two points behind with two games in hand, placing immense importance on the Bootham Crescent club’s final four fixtures.

But with City having made five managerial appointments – Gray, Mills, Jackie McNamara, Russ Wilcox and Nigel Worthington – in as many years, Penney has argued that the club need to seek some form of stability at the helm and, when asked whether missing out on a top-seven place would have an impact on Gray’s future this summer, the former Doncaster boss said: “I wouldn’t have thought so.

“I believe he has a contract until the end of next season and I don’t see anything changing from that. From my personal view, we are trying to build as a club and there has been too much chopping and changing management wise here over the last few years.

“The last two seasons has seen four different groups of players and cost the chairman fortunes to back the managers. I’d like to think we’d have some continuity now.

“Martin’s a hard worker, who has a history of putting together winning teams and getting promotion so, in my opinion, we should stick with him.”

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