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Askey discusses Newton situation and transfer targets

By Dan Simmonite | 4th February 2022

City boss John Askey is hoping to bring back three points tomorrow against Blyth and begin a winning run in the second half of the season.

His side currently sit nine points from a playoff-place with two games in hand and will be buoyed by a positive performance against league leaders Gateshead last weekend.

Speaking to the local media today, he said: “If we win tomorrow then we get that little bit closer. But [playoffs] are the aim and there is no reason why we can’t go on a run.

“It’s alright talking about it, but we’ve got to go and do it.

“We’ve got to create more chances, we know that, so we’ve been working in training to try and solve that problem.”

AJ Greaves has recently signed on loan from Doncaster, and more players are on Askey’s radar to bolster his arsenal.

He added: “AJ is a young lad but has a bit of league experience and quality. He can play as a sitting midfielder or further up.

“We still need three or four players in. It’s not through lack of trying – we need players of quality and not quantity.

“We have been let down yesterday before someone has been due to sign and that is disappointing.

“But I think we all know where we need to improve – we are well aware of that, and we are trying our best to cover all bases.”

Askey will be without Michael Woods and Josh King through injury – but also captain Sean Newton who has joined Buxton until the end of the season.

The three-time Clubman of the Year winner was left out of the squad last weekend and granted time off due to substantial online personal abuse.

After further discussions with Sean, the player has decided to leave the club for his wellbeing after the long-standing harassment over social media and from individuals in the crowd.

Askey added: “Sean didn’t feel that he could play for the club anymore. From my point of view, it is very sad that it gets to that point.

“He thinks a lot of the football club, but there is nothing else we can do. I’m sure it’s a massive relief to him.

“It is something that has been ongoing, but [the Bradford game] brought it to a head.

“It’s sad because since I’ve been here, he’s been one of the most consistent performers we’ve had in the team.

“To lose one of your better players is always disappointing, but to lose him in that way was even more so.

“We wish him all the best and hopefully it doesn’t cost us too much.”

The club does not tolerate personal abuse towards any of its employees and is disappointed to have lost a long-serving player due to the actions of a few. We understand Sean's decision and have provided the player with support throughout.

Matty Brown will take over the captain’s armband for the foreseeable future.

 

For anyone distressed or experiencing low mood or mental health here are three organisations you can contact:

Samaritans – 0330 094 5717

Mind York – 01904 643 364

Shout – Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258

The club will also support any individuals suffering with mental ill health. We are all a family and need to stick together, supporting the common cause that is York City Football Club.

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