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York City chairman Jason McGill hits out at pressure from fans and local media

YORK CITY chairman Jason McGill has criticised the pressure put on the club and manager Jackie McNamara from supporters and the local media.

An emotional McGill spoke frankly following Tuesday night’s 6-1 thrashing at the hands of bottom club Guiseley, during which a York fan ran onto the pitch to try and confront McNamara.

The result prompted the manager to offer his resignation should York not pick up a “positive result” at fellow strugglers Braintree Town on Saturday.

And McGill made his thoughts clear regarding comments from supporters aimed at the club, himself and McNamara during their current poor run.

“We are not faceless people that don’t have feelings. I think people tend to forget that,” McGill told talkSPORT.

“We have families. He’s (McNamara) got his family in Scotland, I have a family here in York and I’m born and bred in York. I run the football club in the city that I was born in and that I love.

“It’s very difficult and I think that when people cast aspersions about people and go on the internet and make comments about people, I think that they just think that we don’t have feelings. And we do have feelings and it’s an emotional game.”

McGill was also critical of the local media and their reporting of McNamara over the past couple of weeks, with the chairman claiming it was “some kind of campaign”.

The former Celtic midfielder missed training on Monday, with reports suggesting he was in Edinburgh picking up a new Audi A7 car.

The York Press also reported how McNamara had been found guilty of failing to buy a train ticket for a journey between Edinburgh and York earlier this year.

Chief McGill added: “There has been a tremendous amount of pressure from the supporters and, I have to say, from the local media who have almost, I believe, launched some kind of campaign against Jackie personally.

“And it’s not just based on the results – they’ve being making comment about personal things which I find quite difficult really.”

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