Mark Smith

Worthington on the art of management

Created on 01 Mar., 2014 8:52 PM GMT

York City may not be a team to make the national headlines very often, but their manager certainly has in the past.

Nigel Worthington has managed at the international level wih Northern Ireland and the club level with, most noteably, Norwich City.

On Tuesday the Minstermen boss will mark his one year anniversary in charge of York City.

When he arrived 12 months ago, he joined a team that had not won a match in 11 games and he endured an end of season run that saw them survive relegation from the Football League on the last day of the season.

Today, there is a vastly different squad, with only a handful of the players who won promotion to the Football League back in 2012, but Worthington is upbeat about the future: "I have thoroughly enjoyed it," he told the York Press.

"It has been good working with the players, chairman, directors and people who work at the club.

"There have been a lot of changes on the playing staff side of things, which we had to make and I think the gradual development - trying to improve and make things better - is very important.

"At the end of the day you still have to win games.

"Obviously we are not one of the Premier League boys where you can go and spend X amount of millions on players.

"You have got to wheel and deal, to do your business very, very cleverly and shrewdly.

"The chairman and I work well together, we look to do the best for the club and the best for the team.

"Touch wood that's what we are doing."

After being in management for almost two decades, one of the things that Worthington has learned is to never look to far ahead.

"The immediate thing is to make sure we get past 50 points to ensure Footbal League football," he added.

"That's number one, after that I think there has been steady progress

" We must keep out eye on the ball, keep the work ethic, keep the positive vibes throughout the football club and the players and let them go and express themselves.

"We have good footballers in the club but we have to encourage them to express themselves in the right area of he pitch and that's what we are trying to do."

Following a career that started at Blackpool and later saw him take Norwich to the Championship title, Worthington insists that his principles have never changed.

"At the end of the day, it is about getting players who are going to perform in the team, whether they cost millions or nothing.

"Overall the players that have been brought in have performed."

With a new stadium on the horizon and their Football League status looking more certain, Worthington is happy at the club, but says hard graft will be important still.

"I think there is a hell of a lot to look forward to at York City.

"Again, the immediate future over he next nine weeks is important.

"We can't overlook that and we must keep our feet on the ground and keep the work ethic there and the drive towards winning games. 

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