York City have appointed the ‘vastly experienced’ Neal Ardley as the new first team manager.
Ardley, 51, has managed hundreds of games with a number of clubs at National League, League Two and League One level.
It is a change of tack for City. The appointment follows two very inexperienced managers at the helm, in David Webb and Mikey Morton.
The 51-year-old has been appointed on a three-year deal.
Chairman Matt Uggla said on X: “First manager I’ve ever appointed.
“After getting to know the man I know the club is in very safe hands and he fits the vision and culture we are trying to build!
“Very exciting times.”
As a player Ardley racked up more than 200 appearances for AFC Wimbledon between 1991-2002. He also played for Watford, Cardiff City and Millwall.
He returned to AFC Wimbledon as manager. In charge for more than 300 games, he oversaw the club’s promotion via the play-offs to League One in 2016.
Ardley moved on to Notts County in 2018, where he managed them in League Two and the National League.
He later joining National League side Solihull Moors in the summer of 2021.
The campaign saw Solihull Moors complete their second-highest finish in the club’s history as they finished third, falling just short in the play-off final to Grimsby Town.
Ardley left the club in the summer by mutual consent.
City are currently 23rd out of 24 teams in the National League having won none of their seven games so far this this season, despite the new owners Julie-Anne and Matt Uggla spending heavily on recruiting new players.
Their next game is at home against 19th place Boreham Wood on Saturday (9 September).