Sources: York United Set To Retain Coaching Staff After Club Sale
Canadian Premier League side York United FC may have new ownership on the helm, but the transition will not involve a coaching staff shake-up for 2024.
Sources close to the club have confirmed that head coach Martin Nash, along with assistant coach Mauro Eustaquio, goalkeeper coach Camilo Benzi, and the rest of the supporting staff will remain with York United next year.
The Pasquel brothers, who just purchased the club last week, revealed that the trio were happy with the squad’s overall roster, and are evidently keen to give Martin Nash a season to prove himself to those now signing his paycheck.
Nash’s two prior seasons at the helm have been relative rollercoasters dealing with injury spells and roster change-ups aplenty, with the gaffer cracking a playoff spot this year and finishing with a league record of 1.29 points per game after 20 wins, 12 draws, and 24 losses over the last two seasons.
When Nash signed on to replace Jim Brennan, he inked a two-year contract with a club option for 2024. With the last season having been spent under the pressure of ownership transition from start to finish, it seems like the new club brass was impressed at how Nash rallied the club to finish strong.
While assistant coach Mauro Eustaquio arrived alongside Nash in 2022, goalkeeper coach Camilo Benzi has been with the club since day one. The Nine Stripes had also started 2023 with a second assistant coach in Barry Smith, who left midway through the season. At press time, it isn’t clear if another second assistant will be added.
York United has the majority of its players on either option years or expiring contracts, with Club President Ricardo Pasquel telling us that an end-of-season roster update could be coming as soon as next week. They’ll want to get that news out soon, especially since players are prone to announcing their own departures.
“I think the team has great players – probably the best roster in the league. I don’t want to take a shot at Bobby and Forge and everybody, but I don’t think it’s going to be as happy for many years to come for them,” said Ricardo Pasquel yesterday. “We’re up for the challenge, I can tell you that.”
The objective will be clear: the new bosses want to see the club challenge for trophies ‘year-in and year-out’, so anything less than a strong playoff push will be deemed a failure as York United marches into 2024 with Nash at the helm.
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