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Gary Mills will give York City a lift this weekend, says Chester FC boss Jon McCarthy

Blues boss set to face Mills for the second time this season as ex-Wrexham boss gets set for home bow

Terry Marland
Jon McCarthy and Ian Sharps

Jon McCarthy is well aware that his Chester FC side could face a rejuvenated York City side this weekend, buoyed by the appointment of a Minstermen 'legend' as manager.

Gary Mills was hired as the successor to Jackie McNamara at Bootham Crescent over the weekend, just days after being sacked from his job at Wrexham following an abysmal start to the National League season that had seem some Dragons fans brand their side the worst in the club's history.

Couple Mills' failings at Wrexham with defeat to National League North side Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round on Monday night - his first game in charge - and there may be some Blues fans feeling pretty bullish about their team's chances on Saturday against 19th-placed York, relegated from the Football League last season.

But Mills is revered by football fans in the city that sits on the banks of the River Ouse after guiding them to back to the Football League in 2012.

Those halcyon days are a far cry from the club's current predicament but McCarthy, himself a hugely popular figure in York after a five-year playing spell in the early 1990s, is wary of the impact Mills can have this weekend.

Robert Parry-Jones
Former Wrexham manager Gary Mills

"They will get that lift that often happens when you get a new manager," said McCarthy.

"I've never made any secret of it, I rate Gary Mills. Why wouldn't I? He will be disappointed with how things went at Wrexham and want to put things right.

"He is a legend at York. Maybe even more than me!

"They'll have a crowd there on Saturday who will be feeling a bit more positive and they will be trying to lift the players and try and turn things around. It will be a difficult place to go for us and very similar to the Southport game in a lot of respects."

Mills had the worst possible start to his reign on Tuesday as his side were dumped out of the cup in embarrassing fashion at the hands of Curzon Ashton.

McCarthy was present at the game and explained his reasons for being disappointed to see York beaten.

"I had hoped they would win the game because if they had then he may have been inclined to play the same team again and it would have made things a little easier to plan for, possibly," said the Chester boss.

"But I know all about Gary and how his sides line up and I know a lot about York's players. They have a lot of good players but are suffering from low confidence.

"We'll plan and prepare as we always do and make sure we are on our game and give our fans something to shout about."



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