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York City FC First Team Staff Profiles

Russ Wilcox

Russ Wilcox strode into Bootham Crescent in October 2014, replacing previous City manager Nigel Worthington, who despite his sterling work behind the scenes improving facilities and leading City to the playoffs in May 2014 couldn’t repeat the magic and resigned in October 2014 with the Minstermen dangerously close to the bottom of the table.
A former defender who played for Yorkshire neighbours Hull City and Doncaster Rovers amongst others in a professional career that lasted over 500 league games, including promotion with Scunthorpe United as a player. Difficult to play against, he was voted into the PFA Team of the Year twice in successive years, once with Doncaster and once with Preston North End.

He cut his managerial teeth as player-assistant manager and then assistant manager at Scunthorpe United, working alongside Brian Laws, before moving to Sheffield Wednesday as Assistant Manager. A spell at Premier League Burnley, again working alongside Brian Laws, followed, before he worked as assistant manager at AFC Bournemouth. When Laws got the job of turning round Scunthorpe United’s fortunes, Russ again joined him, stepping up to full manager when Laws was removed in late 2013.

What happened next was a record breaking run where Russ broke the all-time record for the longest unbeaten managerial run at the start of a managerial reign, which had stood for 125 years. This run saw Scunthorpe get promoted and Russ Wilcox secure the League Two Manager of the Year award.

A modest man who prefers to direct praise to his players, Russ will look to make City hard to beat and will hopefully be able to use his years of experience within the game in both playing and coaching roles to improve the Minstermen and repeat his run of last season!

Having taken Scunthorpe United to runners up spot in League Two last season, no doubt City chairman Jason McGill was impressed by Russ’s managerial ability and will hope, as all City fans do, that Russ Wilcox can inspire the men in red and blue to deliver on the pitch and challenge at the top end of the table.

Assistant Manager
John Schofield

Schofield arrived at Bootham Crescent in May 2015 with vast experience within the role as second in command.

After a playing career which saw him make over 500 Football League appearances, the former Doncaster Rovers midfielder moved into coaching in 1999 at the Lincoln City Academy, holding the position of Head of Youth Development until seven years later when he was promoted to first team manager.

Having already been part of the backroom team which had guided the Imps to four consecutive Play-Off finals, he orchestrated a fifth the following season, only to see his side knocked out by Bristol Rovers at the semi-final stage.

Upon leaving Sincil Bank months later, the former midfielder, who holds a UEFA Pro licence, started coaching at Scunthorpe United before taking up a number of positions at Walsall, Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, Notts County and Gillingham, including three separate spells as assistant to Martin Allen.

He was recruited by Wilcox last summer to become his right-hand man at Scunthorpe and following the former’s departure from North Lincolnshire in October, Schofield left at the same time before taking on his most recent position as first team coach back at Lincoln.

Goalkeeping Coach
Andy Leaning

Andy Leaning was appointed as the Club's new goalkeeping coach for the second time in May 2015.

Following a playing career which saw him don the gloves for the Minstermen during the 1980s as well as Sheffield United, Bristol City, Lincoln City, Dundee and Chesterfield, he moved into coaching with the latter upon his retirement in 2000.

He spent time at Scarborough and Barnsley following his time in Derbyshire, before taking in an eight-year spell with Sheffield United as goalkeeping coach from 2002-2010.

After leaving Bramall Lane, he was appointed to the same role with the Minstermen on a part-time basis before leaving a year later and joining the Leeds United Academy in 2012 where he would spend the next two seasons, eventually moving up to coach the first team 'keepers.

Jeff Miller

Longest serving staff member at the club by some distance, Jeff Miller is entering his 28th 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, Jeff has been on the bench for the glorious times such as the 1993 playoff 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 in 1990 on the pitch.

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

Kit Manager
David James

David joined the club as Kit Manager in June 2014.

He is 32 years old and hails from Middlesbrough. In recent years he has 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’s 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.

David is also a qualified FA goalkeeping coach and he is currently working towards his UEFA ‘B’ coaching qualification.

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, Dave travels with the First Team to all their away fixtures and attends all training sessions at the club’s Wigginton Road Training Ground.