York City interviewed five shortlisted candidates before appointing Steve Watson as their new manager, York Press report.

The Minstermen’s sporting director Dave Penney has also revealed that no compensation will be due to Gateshead after Watson left the National League outfit to take up the Bootham Crescent vacancy.

Declaring that opting for Watson as the sacked Sam Collins’ successor was a straightforward choice, Penney confessed: “It wasn’t a hard decision.

“We liked Steve’s enthusiasm and his presence. He obviously had a great career as a player, but you have to back that up on the training pitch, because you’ll soon be found out by players if you don’t know what you’re talking about.

“He’s done very well at Gateshead considering the players they lost over the summer, as we know because we nicked four of them. Five people were interviewed, and we had plenty of interest from people who have worked above and below where we are now.”

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