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‘Not Taken Lightly’: York United Announces Head Coach Departure

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Just months after York United’s new owners had re-signed Martin Nash, the Pasquel Brothers have now removed the head coach from the job.

Nash’s tenure saw him take charge ahead of the 2022 CPL season, where he replaced Jim Brennan but saw the side finish sixth that year and miss out on playoffs.

The subsequent 2023 CPL season was a veritable rollercoaster that did see them reach postseason for just the second time in club history by way of the fifth and final playoff spot, which is the same one that they currently occupy at the time of his departure.

Martin Nash leaves York Lions Stadium with a 25-13-29 record to his name. He secured a club record eleven wins and 38 points last season, finishing 17 points shy of the top all amidst uncertainty as the club went up for sale.

“We would like to thank Martin for his contributions to the club,” said York United’s General Manager and President, Ricardo Pasquel.

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“The decision has not been taken lightly but we feel it’s a necessary step. We wish Martin and his family the very best with the next chapter.”  

While the Nine Stripes have already begun searching for the club’s third-ever head coach, the Pasquel Brothers have brought up assistant coach Mauro Eustaquio into an interim head coach role.

Mauro will lead the side at home against Halifax this Friday in what has been an emotional month for Nash’s former assistant, whose father recently passed.

York United President and General Manager Ricardo Pasquel will be speaking to media tomorrow afternoon to further clarify the head coach hunt and the decision to part ways with Martin Nash, who’s last two results saw them record a draw to Cavalry and a win over Valour – both of which came in the form of comebacks.

Before his time in Toronto, Nash spent three years as the assistant coach and technical director of Cavalry FC, prior to which he held assistant coach roles with both the Calgary Foothills and Ottawa Fury.

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His two-and-half years at York United marked the former Whitecaps midfielder’s first head coach stint.

The club’s new owners opened the season to York’s highest attendance since 2019, though the following batch of matches have seen attendance fall to well under half the home opener attendance of 2,654.

Preaching a community-first approach, the recipe for sustainable success both on the pitch and off appear remain murky for York United as the Pasquel Brothers carry on through their collective first year of club ownership. There have been a number of internal staff changes since their arrival, including the departures of former Club President Angus McNab and VP of Ticketing and Hospitality Brittany Arner.

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