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Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley appointed Chester FC joint managers.

The wait is finally over, Chester Football Club have announced the successors to Marcus Bignot.

Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morely have been confirmed as the new Chester FC bosses.

The duo have signed a two-year contract with the club after previously managing Salford City, with whom they won the National League North title this year. 

Johnson and Bernard impressed the interview panel with their community work at Salford, as well as their close relationship with the academy there.

The Blues chairman, David Harrington- wright, stated

"I am very pleased that Bern and Jonno want to be a part of the Chester FC journey! They have a well proven track record, with the National League North title last season being the latest in a line of successful campaigns, and have an excellent knowledge of football in the North West and Under 23's in particular that will definitely help next season.

“I really look forward to them helping restore the good times back at the Swansway Chester Stadium and not just for the coming season and I'm sure the fan will get right behind them!"

 On his newly appointed role, Co- Manager Bernard Morley said: 

"We're both extremely delighted to have joined Chester FC and cannot wait to get started in the role."

“We are an ambitious management team and whilst we know there are challenges ahead, we would not have taken the job if we didn't believe that we could get the Blues into a position of challenging for promotion."

Our ambition is definitely success. To define that success this year is definitely the Play-Offs. If we can win it, we will go and win it. But we’ve got to be realistic at the start of a new project."

“We will do everything in our power to guarantee Play-Offs this year.”

In terms of how the club will operate going forward it is understood that it will be a hybrid model, meaning it will be somewhere between part-time and full-time. 

Bernard Morley told Dee: "At this minute in time we understand the state that the club is in financially, and if we can come to some agreement where we can be part-time maybe hybrid basis where do maybe three nights a week or two nights and one morning, that's the route me and Johnno want to go down."

We could also see new additions by the end of the week. 

Morley continued: "I'm looking forward to the next 48 hours it's going to be a busy one. It would be nice to get a platform for Chester and get a core of players agreed and get that platform to be able to build on."

You can hear the full interview that Bernard Morley gave to Dee's Shane Pinnington here: 


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