We've got the right man to move Chester forward


Dennis Wall

STEVE ASHTON and Tony Durkin believe they have appointed the right man for the job of keeping Chester in the Conference Premier league.

Vice-president Ashton and chairman Durkin said they were delighted to see Steve Burr accepting to take charge of relegation-threatened Chester on a full-time basis until the end of the season.

Ashton said: “We are absolutely delighted about Steve’s appointment. I think it speaks volumes for the potential of this club and I think it sends a significant message out to the rest of the league.

“Steve is reputed to be the best manager in non league football and he was rumoured to be sought after by a number of league clubs recently. We believe we have got the best man for the job in hand.

“All credit to Steve for deciding to come to Chester and putting his name and reputation with a relegation-threatened side.

“We have spoken to Steve and there will be a little bit of money to help him bring in a couple of players.

“We realise the transfer window is looming, but Steve will also have an opportunity of looking at the existing squad as well.

“There may be a coach coming in over the next couple of weeks, but Gary Jones remains as our assistant manager.

“We believe Steve gives us the best chance of staying up, but we are not that far away from 20th position and as long as we finish there or above then I’m sure the fans and board will all be absolutely delighted.”

Durkin stressed the importance of seeing Burr working within the financial constraints at the club.

He said: “There is some money available, but it’s not a lot. We have told Steve that it might be a case of using the money available as well as moving a couple of players out if necessary, but he might be happy with the squad.

“We will help him as much as we possibly can and we will try to raise money for him because we have got to remain sustainable and we are not going to break the bank just for the sake of bringing extra players in.

“Steve is fully aware of that and he knows that he has got to work within the constraints of this club being sustainable.”

Durkin admitted he was pleased that Chester had attracted such a lot of applications for the managerial vacancy and appointed such an experienced candidate.

He added: “It has been quite a stressful week with all the rumours flying around, but we have now appointed Steve and we are absolutely delighted.

“I got the impression from walking around the club that the majority of the fans are delighted with the decision.

“We whittled the list of 53 applicants down to 20, but Steve stood out by a long way because of his experience.

“It was very pleasing when we heard that Steve Burr told us he wanted to be part of Chester Football Club.

“Steve Ashton and I spoke to him about the potential that is at the club for the future and about our plans in moving the club forward for the coming years, and Steve was excited by that and wanted to be part of it.

“It’s really encouraging that somebody of that stature wants to come to this club.

“We were desperate to get somebody in place before Saturday’s match against Barnet, but we had Gary Jones already here and he has been superb in all this and the team for the Barnet game.”

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