Sharpening a Rusty Blade in FM Stories Posted August 2, 2007 Wednesday, 17th January, 2007. "I just want to make sure we understand each other." Steve Beck had summoned me to his office. "I promise, you'll have a new contract, you just have to wait until the end of the season." "So you've said," I answered, noncommittally. I'd really liked Mister Beck, prior to this contract discussion - I guess the fact that he's tight with the pursestrings is part of the reason he's a good choice for chairman. "If we both understand each other, let's keep it out of the media. Its bad press for the club, and obviously distracting to the players." "Oh, I'm not the one talking to the press," I answered. That clearly came as a surprise to him, and took the teeth out of the discussion. "See that you don't, then," he said, and stood to usher me out. The spate of firings around English football continued, as teams began to see managers freed up that they might want to pursue. Burnley, the 23rd-placed side in the Championship (and home of Levent Yalcin) fired their manager, as did Macclesfield Town down in the Conference National. Jon Paul McGovern's trouble continued on Tuesday, as he strained his neck going for a header in training, and that would cause him to miss our next match, the second in a row for the 26-year-old. At Morecambe on Saturday, the York Under-18s defeated Morecambe U-18s in dramatic fashion, 2-1. Amateur substitute Chris Simpson's goal had given York a 1-0 lead in the final 20 minutes, but in the 87th Ian Bannister conceded an own goal. It looked a sure draw, but deep in injury time, Joe Foote's cross found Aaron Dennis at the far post, and the amateur midfielder put it away to make the 2-1 final. With only seven matches remaining, they'd closed to within two points of the once-unbeatable Blackburn U-18 side. It was the York All-Injury squad in Wednesday's Reserve match at Rochdale: Tappa Whitmore, Joe Foote, and Thomas Carroll all started, with Nick McDonald in goal and a now-recovered Mark Dixon as the captain. On a day barely above freezing, neither side could find the net, and the final result was a 0-0 draw, which at least helped usher some of our lads back towards match fitness.