York City boss Sam Collins has insisted this season’s squad must break the cycle of failure at Bootham Crescent, report the York Press.

A 3-0 National League North defeat at Altrincham saw the Minstermen drop into the division’s bottom six – just three points above the relegation zone and Collins did not mince his words afterwards.

Since Jackie McNamara’s disastrous managerial reign and reckless recruitment conspired to relegate the club two divisions from their hard-fought position in the Football League, Gary Mills, Martin Gray and, now, Collins have struggled to string together any sustained run of good form in the English game’s regionalised sixth tier, despite benefitting from a sizeable wage budget.

The Minstermen’s latest defeat mean the team have now taken only one point from a possible 15, with the one exception to four losses the encouraging 0-0 home draw with Chester in midweek, but Collins lamented his players’ familiar inability to build on that performance during a defeat at Moss Lane, which was sealed by second-half goals from Josh Hancock (two) and Jake Moult.

Pulling few punches at the final whistle, Collins declared: “I’ve asked the players to tell me if they think there’s anything I’m doing wrong and, if they can, I’ll do something different, but I like to think I’ve been around long enough to understand players and be respectful to them and, then, you hope you get something back in return.

“One of the players in the changing room after the game said: ‘There’s been more than 80 players at the club over the last two or three years, so what is it? What’s wrong?’ “I said to that: ‘Well, why wait for the next lot? Why can’t we be the ones that change that cycle, instead of a different 20-odd players?”

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