It’s not a true representation of us, but then Vera Duckworth wasn’t a real person in Coronation Street.

Anthony Johnson is of course referring to the Salford City-based documentary Class of ‘92: Out of Their League.

Johnson and Bernard Morley became stars of the small screen as they were tasked with leading Salford through the non-league pyramid with television cameras following their every move.

The owners of Salford were, of course, the famous ex-Manchester United and England quintet of Nevilles, Gary and Phil, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt, which helped make it compelling viewing.

Johnson and Morley guided Salford to a hat-trick of promotions in just four seasons as the duo were thrown in the deep end - in terms of starring in a documentary if not the art of football management - when they were appointed in January 2015.

“It’s all publicity for us and it helped put us in the public domain, even if we were on the radar at Rammy,” said Johnson, who, alongside Morley, had led Ramsbottom to Northern Premier League Division One North promotion the previous season.

“It was good for us and we were good for them.

“It’s nearly two years ago now and I never watch any of it back.

“We got notice that Salford wanted to speak to us and we went to a game (against Kendal) where Phil Neville and Scholesy were in charge.

“We met them afterwards and they told us to go in and speak to the players. When we got in there the cameras were there.

“We’d had no media training or anything like that, but I suppose that’s why it makes such good television.

“We were a couple of nobodies from Bury in-front of some cameras.”

A quick online search highlights exactly how Johnson and Morley were portrayed from the outset.

“They appoint Bernard and Jonno, who aren’t just the most ruthless managers in the league but probably two of the scariest men in the world,” read a review. “These are men who don’t pull their punches, metaphorically or literally.

“They sack ten players and the ones who are left are so terrified they start playing well.”

Quite rightly, the now Chester joint-bosses insist that it doesn’t paint an entirely accurate picture, viewing figures perhaps more important than the absolute truth.

Johnson said: “It showed that we were relentless winners, but people can be narrow-minded. We don’t do what we’ve done in the game from just shouting at players.

“And if we were people who just beat up and bullied players then why do so many of our former players still speak to us? We keep in touch with a lot.

“We’ve had Gary Stopforth for probably 10 years, Scott Burton for six and then there’s the likes of Anthony Dudley and Simon Grand for three or four years.

“We had Steve Howson for eight or nine years, the same with Jordan Hulme and while we’ve got these players with us, it’s then about getting the next lot ready.

“We put a group together that buy into what we want. It’s not the way everybody does things, but perhaps some people would be more successful if they did things our way.

“Long may things continue, I’m loving doing what I’m doing as much as when we first started and I’m hungrier than ever.”

The documentary has propelled Johnson and Morley into the public conscience, the duo name-checked regularly on Gareth Seddon and Hulme’s podcast I Had Trials Once.

Midfielder Stopforth told one particular story of a Christmas party incident that involved a police dog.

“I don’t tend to listen to them, they are a bit like the documentary,” said Johnson. “I’ve had bits passed on, but when I hear the stories being told it knocks me sick.

“We will probably do one at some stage, but you don’t want to give all the good stories away and we definitely don’t want it to ruin our credibility.”

And then there’s things on social media that talk about Johnson and Morley’s successes without the duo having any input whatsoever, the most recent an illustrated video of their journey on The Coaching Zone.

Johnson, who signed a new two-year deal with Chester alongside Morley earlier this year, continued: “It’s surprising when you see those things that you’ve had no input in.

“Usually you speak to people, but I got tagged in it when it was put out.

“It paints a really good picture of what we’ve done and it’s great that people can see it laid out the way it was and there is a sense of pride.

“I’ve been told that over the last decade we’ve had the most success in terms of promotions in Europe and if we can replicate that over the next decade we will be much higher up the pyramid.”