National League North side York City Football Club have just confirmed the appointment of Sam Collins as first team manager on a permanent basis.
Collins, who was previously employed as the club’s youth team manager, had been acting as interim-manager since August 20.
The club’s board of directors has issued a statement this afternoon which reads:
“We are delighted to appoint Sam Collins as first team manager of York City Football Club. Over the past few weeks, Sam has displayed the ability to take the club forward and fully warrants the opportunity.
“During his eight games in charge, the first team has won four games and drawn three and progressed in the FA Cup.
“This important decision was reached after conducting a lengthy interview process. There has been significant interest in our vacancy and the board has interviewed some high quality candidates.
“Sam Collins has impressed with his organisational skills and work-ethic, his tactical flexibility, and his ability to implement an attractive style of play. He has also shown a willingness to promote youth and has galvanised the club’s playing staff.
“We firmly believe that Sam has all the necessary attributes to develop into a top young manager and the board will support his efforts in every way possible as he strives to lead the club to success this season.”
Collins, 41, joined City as youth team manager in the summer following a spell as Professional Development Coach at League One club Bradford City.
He was previously assistant-manager and coach at Hartlepool United where he also served as interim-manager on three occasions.
During his playing career, Collins made nearly 600 senior appearances for Huddersfield Town, Bury, Port Vale, Swindon Town (on loan), Hull City, and Hartlepool United.
The club, meanwhile, has also confirmed the appointment of Stuart Parnaby as assistant-manager on a permanent basis.