York City: Andy Porter interview

The dust from York's play-off final loss has long since settled and assistant boss Andy Porter is back refreshed from his summer break in the US.

Now it's manager Martin Foyle's turn for a summer holiday but the man left at the helm is already champing at the bit ahead of next term.

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Foyle is on a cruise and not due back until Tuesday and Porter is not pestering him with unwanted calls.

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Enough calls were made before Foyle's break to sign up defensive duo Duane Courtney and Greg Young as City aim to kick on from the heartache of last season's Wembley play-off final loss.

And back with his batteries recharged, Porter is fully focused on the 2010-11 campaign, putting defeat to Oxford United behind him and vowing to "crack on" next term.

"It's no good looking back," Porter told Yorkshire Sport.

"We got there, we did ever so well throughout the season and I felt we just let ourselves down a little in the final.

"But now we've got to look forward to the new season and we're looking to bring more players in.

"We worked hard last season, but it's a difficult league to get out of and there have been a lot of clubs, like Luton, who thought they would go straight back up."

Luton are the hot favourites for next season's Blue Square Premier at around the 2-1 mark, ahead of relegated duo Grimsby Town and Darlington at 7-1 and 9-1 respectively.

The Minstermen are next at 12-1, along with Rushden and Porter agrees with the bookies' assessment, admitting that big-spending Luton deserve their place at the forefront of the market.

"They are the favourites because of the budget that they have," he said.

"That's a big thing in this league and they've got a massive budget.

"I think a few teams will do well and that Wrexham will go out and

spend a bit.

"Mansfield look like they have brought in a lot of players again, but it's not always about bringing in a lot of players – it's the quality of the players.

"I think they'll be up there – and ourselves!"

Porter is impressed with the signings of Courtney and Young, feeling Courtney to be the all-round package and Young the commanding presence to shore up City at the back.

He said: "We have watched Duane Courtney for a bit, he's got pace, good quality on the ball and will add strength to the squad.

"Greg Young is a big, strong centre-half. He brings aggressiveness and that's what we've lacked."

Two new faces in York's defence but there have also been two notable departures in Ben Purkiss to Oxford United and Luke Graham to Kettering Town.

Porter revealed that he had an early run-in with Purkiss following his switch to Bootham Crescent, but the duo buried the hatchet and York's assistant manager admits it was sad to see the defender go.

"We had a little bit of a rumpus in the first year," revealed 41-year-old Porter.

"I got stuck into him a little and this last year he has proved what a good player he is.

"It is a loss, but when you are going up to a league club that's something that's not easy to say no to."

Porter also insists that Oxford boss Chris Wilder and Foyle remain close friends, despite Wilder denying the Minstermen promotion and then signing one of their key players.

"That happens all the time and I'm just glad that we got Chris Carruthers off him," said Porter.

"I think he will be kicking himself after how well he has done for us this year.

"It's all the same, we take a player, they take a player, you just want to make sure you take the best ones at the end of the day!"

Foyle will be on the search for more players on his return from holiday on Tuesday and Porter is looking forward to the pair's reunion, sticking to his word of not pestering the City boss during his fortnight away.

"He's on a ship and said not to call him so I've not made any calls!" said Porter. "I just text him now and then.

"Everybody needs a break and he did the same for me, he never phoned me when I was on holiday."

Porter admits he was in need of a break after last season's draining campaign, but is now back in football mode ahead of the 2010-11 season.

"I went to America with my wife and little lad and it's the first time we've said that the holiday could have gone on another week," admitted Porter. "Usually I want to come home.

"It was great but it's good to be back now and working on the football side again."