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Wayne Allison rules himself out of Chester City manager role

WAYNE Allison says he is happy at Chester City and would like to stay at the club.

WAYNE Allison says he is happy at Chester City and would like to stay at the club.

The man known as ‘the Chief’ has been named caretaker manager until a new boss is appointed but has ruled himself out of the race for the top job permanently, citing his inexperience. He is keen though to continue his apprenticeship at the Deva Stadium .

“I’m happy here as assistant manager” he said. “I’m learning every day, gaining experience.

“I have no qualms about staying here but it’s down to the chief executive, the chairman and of course the new manager. I’m happy here.”

The Chief was brought to the club by Davies to be his assistant after the pair struck up a friendship on their UEFA A licence course.

Davies’ sacking after the Millwall defeat came as a real shock to Allison and the players.

“We weren’t expecting it at all,” he said. “I have spoken to Simon over the last few days and I’m gutted for him really because he’s a good guy, a good coach.

“The fact is results haven’t gone for us. The players are in shock. Quite a lot of the players weren’t expecting it.

“We only did a light training session on Tuesday as it sunk in and we were back to work on Thursday because we are professionals.”

Allison has been appointed caretaker until a replacement is named. Such was the Chief’s depth of feeling about Davies’ departure, he wrote about it in his blog at www.mysportsthoughts.com.

In it he revealed that Davies gave the Chief his blessing this week to work as caretaker manager until a permanent boss can be appointed.

Before that, the Blues must face Morecambe under the Chief’s charge, and he believes that there are three points waiting against Sammy McIlroy’s strugglers.

“I think if we can do that we should get three points. We’ve played them before and we know what they’re all about.

“We know how to combat them and if we can do that three points is more than realistic.”

Damien Mozika is still recovering from a head injury sustained in the first half against Millwall and is doubtful, but Allison expects the rest of the squad to be available for selection.

“Mozika is still struggling with a little bit of concussion,” he said. “We’re not quite sure of the extent, we are relying on Damien to give us some feedback on how he feels so that might take a while.

“They’re all carrying injuries, like they have done over the last few weeks, but they’ve been professional and they want to play for their football club so they’ll battle through it.”

With the Chief declaring himself out of the running, names which have been linked with the vacant manager’s position include former boss Mark Wright, his assistant Steve Bleasdale and former Blues player Iain Jenkins.

Accrington boss John Coleman, former Carlisle manager John Ward, Martin Foyle, recently sacked from Wrexham, and Forest Green Rovers boss Jim Harvey have also been linked to the post, although the club has not confirmed any names.

 

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