Caretaker boss Gary Jones has declared an interest in replacing his best friend Neil Young in the Chester FC hot seat.
Young appointed the former Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest as his assistant at Colwyn Bay in 2008 and the partnership continued when the departed boss joined the Blues in May 2010.
Chester-born Jones was an integral part of the management team that oversaw the most successful period in the club's history, winning three successive titles as the reborn Blues stormed up the pyramid.
Young left the club on Wednesday by mutual consent with chairman Tony Durkin and vice chairman Steve Ashton asking Jones to take over on an interim basis.
First team coach Gary Powell, goalkeeper coach Lee Worrall and chief scout Alex Hay are assisting the 38-year-old.
Ashton told The Chronicle the board had 'complete faith' in Jones and the rest of the management team to remain in charge while a decision is made on who should replace Young permanently.
Jones, who played more than 400 times in his career, is under contract until the end of the season said he was interested in staying on as manager.
Given his relationship with the players and coaching staff, and his knowledge of the club, Jones could be a good fit for the board.
"I'm employed by the club and the club is in a difficult situation so myself and the management team will give everything we have got and assist the club in anyway we can," said Jones.
"I have been coaching for about five years now and it's something that I enjoy and something that I want to continue doing but I have been in the game for a long time and you keep progressing yourself and the next step would be going into the manager's role.
"Tony, Steve and the rest of the board know my background and what I have done in the game. Things happen in football and if it happens then it happens and if it doesn't then it doesn't.
"I am an easy going person and we are going to take it game by game. The most important thing here is the club and ensuring Conference Premier football for next season.
Jones led training last night as the squad prepares for a busy week with three games in eight days with a Cheshire Cup game at Runcorn Town on Monday, a home game with Barnet on Saturday and a long trip to Woking a week on Tuesday.
"The chairman and vice chairman came down and had a little chat with myself and the management team and spoke to the lads," said Jones.
"We had a good session and we are getting the lads back into the routine because we have had a little break."