Treble title-winning manager Neil Young has parted company with Chester FC.

Appointed in May 2010, the Wirral-based boss steered the Blues to unprecedented success, guiding them to three successive league championships and promotions.

Leading the reborn club back to the Conference Premier a little over three years after Chester City had been expelled and wound up in the High Court, the former Colwyn Bay boss surpassed all expectations.

 

However, the return to non-league's elite has not gone smoothly with the Blues languishing in the relegation places having won only four games this season.

Rumours over his future began to grow as talks over a new contract stalled and speculation former manager Jim Harvey was being lined up for a return to the club raised further doubts.

This afternoon the club has confirmed that Young had left by 'mutual consent with immediate effect'.

A statement said both parties felt it was in the best interests of the club and the manager to part company now.

Blues chairman Tony Durkin said: "On these occasions it is customary for the board of a club to issue a statement full of praise for the departing manager.

"Sometimes such words seem less than sincere. But these words are straight from the heart. There is not a single Chester supporter who would not join us in stating that Neil Young has earned a genuinely historic place in the life of our club.

"We will treasure the last three years and the success, and joy that his teams have brought us. He helped us rediscover our passion for our club and we will be forever grateful."

"Through his hard work and leadership we were able to earn three back-to-back championships.  Neil goes with all our best wishes for him and his family.”

Young's close friend and assistant manager Gary Jones takes over as caretaker manager and the club is now inviting applications for the manager's role.