Marcus Bignot feels if Chester are 'not careful' they will suffer back-to-back relegations after their five-year stint in the National League came to an abrupt end.

Saturday's 2-0 home defeat against rivals Tranmere Rovers - played out in front of just 1,300 Blues fans in a crowd of 3,103 - saw Chester's inevitable relegation finally confirmed with four games of the season still remaining.

Bignot - who has been told his contract will not be renewed at the end of the current campaign - chose to address the club's off-field turmoil in a candid post-match interview, and believes the club's supporters, who own the football club, 'deserve to be told the truth' and feels another relegation next season is not out of the question.

"There's a complete lack of experience on the football-side of things. The fans deserve to be told the truth, shown the reality, the facts," Bignot explained.

"The fans need answers. Even if I'm not here I've always worked in terms of how can I help the football club. I've presented to them, anytime their football working group wants to call on my experience, playing and management - that has never happened.

"I just want to help the football club. It's not about me, I'll be ok. It hurts though, I want to be the manager here and I won't get that opportunity. If they don't want me then that's fine, but when you have got Neil Young in the building, I am frustrated.

"I have been relegated as a player and if my management career can mirror my playing career then I will die a happy man. This club is at a crossroads and going into the (National League) North won't solve the problems, it will only magnify them.

"If you ask me, there will be another relegation on this club's CV if it is not careful. This is really a defining moment and it feels like it could go again. Altrincham and Hyde spring to mind.

"There has to be some real decisions made, not just good people but the right people. There’s a load of good people and there’s a lot of good work going on, the academy, the community.

"It’s unbelievable and the volunteers every day are absolutely superb, but when it comes to first team, there is absolutely a lack, and I mean lack, of experience at first team level.

"My outcome has been decided. But how does it look moving forward? Those questions have to be answered."

Tranmere boss Micky Mellon saw his team climb to fourth with victory, completed thanks to a fine Andy Cook header and James Norwood's calm finish.

"I'm pleased to get the result at this time of the season," he said. "It's a local derby, we had an immense backing from the fans so all-in-all a good afternoon's work.

"We're not getting carried away. We looked like a team who hadn't played for two weeks, a bit rusty and we could have played better at times but we defended well and it's a good clean sheet."