UNCERTAINTY surrounding the future ownership of Chester City hasn’t prevented Bobby Williamson from drawing up a wanted list of players he would like to sign in the January transfer window.
The Blues manager hopes to be able to wheel and deal next month with the backing of owner Stephen Vaughan, who has been in talks with three interested parties about the possible sale of his majority shareholding.
Vaughan, who quit as chairman and director a fortnight ago, held discussions with his manager this week over potential targets for January, which indicates he is not ready to sell up any time soon.
Williamson said: “I’ve spoken to the owner and that will continue. These talks will continue through- out the window and hopefully after, because I hope he doesn’t sell the place.
“If somebody does come in then everybody’s place is in jeopardy, mine included, but I want to be here for a long time.”
The City boss added: “I have a list of provisional targets but it all depends on what the current owner decides to do. We have got a list of players we would like to bring in, but we’ve also got a list of players who have got to go out, I’m afraid, and that’s never easy. We need to find places for these guys.”
Vaughan has been keeping tight- lipped on his plans for the club since announcing he was stepping down as chairman 15 minutes before City’s home match against Peterborough on December 8.
Williamson insists the Merseyside businessman’s heart is still with the Blues, despite him being disillusioned with poor home attendances and criticism from some fans.
He said: “The impression I get from Stephen Vaughan has never wilted or changed since the first day I met him.
“He’s got a passion for this club and he’s never going to leave unless he knows the person coming in has got the same kind of passion for it as him – and the financial clout to improve it.
“I’ve thought myself that if Stephen just took his money and ran, then nobody would question him. But he’s not for doing that and that’s great news for everybody, especially the Chester fans who have backed him.”
Having seen last Saturday’s match at Darlington postponed due to a frozen pitch, Williamson is hoping tomorrow’s home clash with Bury does not also fall victim to the elements.
City’s head groundsman Gary Kent is making every effort to get the game on, although he was unable to save Wednesday’s reserve fixture against Accrington.
Chester, who beat the Shakers 2-0 in September, will be without the injured Tony Dinning (knee), Tony Grant (hamstring) and Laurence Wilson (calf). All three players are expected to sit out the busy festive programme.