CHESTER FC chairman Simon Olorenshaw has praised the impact made by manager Jon McCarthy.
The Blues head to York City today (3pm) aiming to stretch their unbeaten league run to eight matches.
McCarthy was given the chance to interview for the post after saving the club from relegation last season following the sacking of Steve Burr on the back of a dismal run of results.
The former York winger has led the Blues to within four points of the play-offs and the most clean sheets of any club in England's top five divisions - all done on a budget dwarfed by many of their competitors in the National League.
"Jon was head and shoulders above everybody else when it came to interviewing for the job in the summer and he had a clear vision for this football club and what he wanted to achieve here," said Olorenshaw.
"He, Ian Sharps, the players and the rest of the backroom team have done a superb job this season and he has been vindicated in his decision to stick to his guns.
"He had a plan for the club and how he wanted to approach things and he has delivered on what he said he would and we are delighted with how things have gone.
"There is a tremendous togetherness among the squad and I know how much the FA Cup defeat at Southport hurt Jon.
"He wanted so much for the team to perform in front of such a big away following. He wanted it for the fans and the players.
"It was disappointing to go out but that is just football. An FA Cup run would have been nice but it wasn't essential in terms of us being able to progress with our plans this season.
"Things are going well and we have plenty of cause for optimism."