FORMER Celtic skipper Jackie McNamara has left his role as chief executive of York City.

The ex-Partick Thistle and Dundee United boss was the victim of a boardroom shake-up yesterday in the aftermath of the York City Supporters’ Trust members declining an offer from J M Packaging to finance the club.

Chairman Jason McGill also stepped down, with a new four-person board of directors taking charge amid serious financial pressures at Bootham Crescent.

A club statement confirmed: “With immediate effect the chairman, Jason McGill, is retiring from his role and will have no further involvement in the running of the club. With immediate effect CEO, Jackie McNamara, is leaving York City Football Club.”

The former Scotland international, 44, initially joined York as manager in November 2015 two months after being sacked by the Tannadice club.

However, McNamara was unable to stop them from being relegated from League Two to the National League.

The ex-Hoops favourite was moved upstairs midway through the following campaign, with York again struggling and enduring their second successive drop into English football’s fifth tier.

McNamara spent a decade at Celtic after joining from Dunfermline in 1995. He won four Premier League titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups before moving to Wolves.

He also had spells at Aberdeen, Falkirk and Partick Thistle before stepping into management.

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