SUPPORTERS of Chester FC have been left shocked that manager Neil Young has left the club.
Supporters took to social media to express their gratitude to a manager who led the club to three successive promotions since taking over when the Blues were reformed in 2010.
Young took the manager’s post when the club did not know which league they would be playing in for the 2010-11 season and did not even have a football to its name.
They went on that season to clinch promotion from the Evo-Stik North Division One North on goal difference from second placed Skelmersdale.
Speaking to the Leader, Richard Bellis, co-editor of Chester FC fanzine The Blue and White, said: “It is really surprising. We signed [Ross] Killock recently, we were looking at a few other players to bring in and we have been playing well in the last three matches.
“Things were looking up so something must have changed rapidly at the club.
“Young left us in a great position in a lot of respects. We were three divisions lower for a start.
“Three championships is pretty unique in football and it is a shame to see him go. It is a shock but you can kind of understand it given the current league position, but I wanted him to see out the season because I thought he would keep us up.”
Another fan, Blacon councillor Reggie Jones, called on the council and club to recognise the work Young had done at Chester. He said: “Neil Young and Chester fans should take great pride in his achievements.
“Three championships is absolutely astounding. He took Chester from the eighth tier back into the Conference and he should be immensely proud. I think it is sad he has gone because he has done a great job.
“He should be given some token of recognition for his achievements by the council and the football club. It was always going to be difficult to step into the Conference and have the same level of success.”
Mark Howell, club youth development officer and a former director, hailed Young.
He said: “Neil is a winner and a really good bloke. Anyone who wins three leagues in three years and then wins the derby at the first attempt is a legend.
“He is a smashing bloke who I have know for four years. We always remained friendly and worked together well. It has come out of the blue for me and I know all my family will be gutted.
“Someone is going to get themselves a very good manager. I think he at least deserved until the end of the season.”
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