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York City FC First Team Staff Profiles

Manager
Jackie McNamara

York City Football Club announced the appointment of Jackie McNamara as first team manager in November 2015.

The former Celtic defender had previously managed Partick Thistle and Dundee United in his native country, achieving a combined win ratio of just under 44% and playing an attractive brand of football.

The 42-year-old arrived at Bootham Crescent alongside former Scotland teammate Simon Donnelly became his assistant for a third time.

During a career which spanned two decades, McNamara played for six different clubs, including his longest and most successful spell at Celtic.

He made over 250 league appearances for the Scottish giants from 1995-2005 winning a host of titles and trophies, many under the management of Martin O’Neill.

As well as competing in the Champions League during his time at Celtic Park, the former right-back received international acclaim, making 33 senior caps for Scotland between 1996 and 2005, featuring in the 1998 World Cup.

During the final stages of his playing career, McNamara was appointed caretaker manager of Partick Thistle in April 2011 before being handed the reins on a permanent basis a month later.

He helped to turn around the fortunes of Thistle, taking them to the 2013 Scottish Challenge Cup Final and up to second place in the First Division, promoting Dundee United to come calling for his services in January 2013.

In his two full seasons at Tannadice Park he helped United to fourth and fifth place respectively in the Scottish Premiership, as well as reaching the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup finals.

During his time with United, McNamara gained a reputation for orchestrating an attractive brand of football, as well as nurturing a number of players who have gone to win many honours with different clubs.

Assistant Manager
Simon Donnelly

Simon Donnelly had a distinguished playing career himself, having played alongside Jackie McNamara while at Celtic.

He also had spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Dunfermline and Partick Thistle, where he became McNamara’s assistant for the first time in a player-coach role with the Jags.

He has 10 Scotland caps to his name, and the former winger has brought his expertise to the fore in the managerial duo’s jobs with Partick and Dundee United, before joining City along with McNamara in November 2015.

Goalkeeping Coach
Craig Hinchliffe

Craig Hinchliffe has been a near-permanent member of Jackie McNamara’s backroom team since he became a player/coach at Partick Thistle in the 2010/11 season, and joined York City as goalkeeping coach in December 2015.

The former goalkeeper had a sterling 22-year playing career across several teams in Scotland, including eight years with Arbroath.

He brings a wealth of playing experience to his role with the Minstermen, and will look to continue the history of success with McNamara and Simon Donnelly at the helm.

Physiotherapist
Jeff Miller

The longest serving staff member at the Club by some distance, Jeff Miller is entering his 29th season as York City physio, and whilst the hair may have gone, the passion and commitment to the Minstermen has not altered!

Previously combining physio work in local non-league with other roles, Miller has been on the bench for the glorious times such as the 1993 League Two Play-Off Final, the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford and the double triumph of 2012, as well as the sad times such as the tragic death of David Longhurst on the pitch in 1990.

His ability to help players return from injury and back to fitness will be as vital as ever to City manager Jackie McNamara for the remainder of the season and beyond.

Kit Manager
David James

James joined the club as Kit Manager in June 2014 from Championship outfit Middlesbrough.

The 33-year-old had been working alongside the kit manager at Championship outfit Middlesbrough FC before his switch to Bootham Crescent. He was also employed as Middlesbrough’s Club Centre Manager at its Eston Academy site at Rockliffe Park. Previously, he trained and worked as a motor mechanic for a number of years before moving into football.

As part of his role as Kit Manager, he is responsible for organising all aspects of the first team’s training and playing kits, and also the kits belonging to the Club’s Academy players. As well as carrying out his duties for City’s home fixtures, James travels with the first team to all their away fixtures and attends all training sessions at the Club’s Wigginton Road Training Ground.