He may have led Dundee United to two cup finals and two top six finishes but Jackie McNamara’s personal season from hell will finish in ignominy following confirmation his York City side have been relegated from the English football league.
McNamara was sacked by Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson in September 2015 after collecting a meagre five points from nine games.
Arguably, things haven’t got much better for the Tangerines since his departure and his old club may well be facing the same fate as his new one.
McNamara did have some good times after moving to United from Partick Thistle and, at one point, was tipped as one of the nation’s hottest up-and-coming managers.
However, intimate contact details — including the revelation that he was apparently rewarded financially when selling top assets such as Gary Mackay-Steven and Ryan Gauld — caused consternation among fans.
Defeat by Lancashire minnows Accrington Stanley was the final nail in York City’s coffin this season.
McNamra’s side failed to record a single shot on target during the meek surrender on Saturday, leading to angry scenes at the full-time whistle.
Whether his old club can succeed when York failed in pulling off what would have to go down as a miraculous escape from relegation remains to be seen.