Date: 2nd October 2017 at 4:44pm
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New manager Martin Gray and sporting director Dave Penney won’t be wasting any time in bringing reinforcements to boost York City’s faltering promotion hopes.

Former Darlington boss Gray hopes to make up to three new signings prior to the vital weekend arrival of top-seven rivals Brackley Town at Bootham Crescent.

Meanwhile, the immediate target this season remains promotion and ultimately reclaiming the club’s previously long-held Football League place.

“The opportunity with a club of this size and the fanbase they have here is something very, very special, and the challenge that I have in front of me is exactly what I need now,” Gray told BBC Radio York. “It’s a Football League club and our job, myself and Dave, is to take this club back to the Football League. And we’ve been given a great opportunity from the chairman and we’ve got one thing in mind this season, to get promotion.

“There’s some good players here but we need to improve it, it’s as simple as that. We’re in a healthy [league] position but there’s room for improvement. We’ve worked with the players this morning, which has been great, and straight away identified certain aspects that we need to improve. We need to improve the fitness levels within the building.

“We’ve identified certain positions that we’re looking to strengthen and will be working very hard this week to try and get one, two or three players in for the weekend. To improve this club we need to bring in the right players to take it forward again.”

The Minstermen have also appointed a new sporting director in the shape of the vastly-experienced Penney, a former manager of Doncaster Rovers, Darlington, Oldham Athletic and Bristol Rovers and who last season was at Guiseley.

“I’ve come in to have an overview of the club and see where we can improve it,” he explained. “Obviously help and mentor Martin and use the experience I’ve got as a player, manager, coach, assistant manager and scout. All the little bits-and-bobs that go together and haven’t been done right. Those need to be looked at and refreshed and with a different approach, hopefully we can get this club going forward.

“We’re full-time and got everything in place that the chairman’s put in that we can do,” he continued. “Jackie’s [McNamara] got that side of it going and I will look after the football side of it. And try and improve every department that’s here and make it easier for Martin to just go out and coach and do the tactics.

“He’ll have the final say on players, but I’ll put players to him. And I’ll question him on different things. But he’s his own man and hopefully he’ll pick the right tactics and players that we get in. He’ll have the last say on the players and nobody’s going to bring in a player that Martin doesn’t want. And we’ll try and improve every little bit.”

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