York City: New boss will feel right at home

Martin Foyle is the new manager of York City – and he has been handed a starting assignment against his hometown club this weekend, writes LEON WOBSCHALL.

Former Port Vale chief Foyle, who managed the Valiants from February 2004 to September 2007, replaces Colin Walker, who was sacked late last week.

And the Salisbury-born 45-year-old, who was assistant to Brian Little at fellow-Blue Square Premier side Wrexham before his departure in October, starts off his tenure with a trip to the Wiltshire town on Saturday.

The ex-Oxford and Vale striker – the Potteries club's record post-war scorer with 107 goals – will be assisted by Neil Redfearn, who has been promoted from his previous position of youth coach.

Foyle said: "I've been offered the job and I've accepted it because I feel it's a good job. The Conference is a good level and I really enjoyed my time at Wrexham.

"When York's chairman (Jason McGill) offered me the job, I had no hesitation in accepting it."

McGill added: "We are very pleased to welcome Martin to York City. "Martin has a very impressive CV and, importantly for us, has an extremely good knowledge of Conference football and what is required to succeed in this division."

Foyle was in charge of Vale as they missed out on a League One play-off place on goal difference in 2004.