Steve Burr believes the Blues will have to work harder than ever to ensure the Conference Premier reprieve becomes a permanent one.

Having being relegated on the final day of the 2013-14 season, the club has now been elevated back into non-league’s top flight without kicking a ball.

But the uncertainty has the given other clubs a head start but the manager is more than up for the challenge.

Burr said: “We are certainly not going to gloat about what has happened, but we have got to make the most of it.

“We know how difficult it’s going to be and we’re all going to have work very hard.”

Hereford United pipped the Blues to survival last season, but the cash-strapped Bulls were expelled from the Football Conference on Tuesday afternoon.

That opened the door for the Blues and Burr is relieved to have the chance to make up for relegation.

But he admitted he felt for the Hereford fans, particularly as he too is no stranger to off-field turmoil impacting on league positions.

In 2005, he was managing Northwich Victoria when the club was demoted from the Conference National over ground and financial issues.

Burr said: “I have been in that same position and I know what it’s like.

“I do feel for Hereford and that’s not to belittle what has happened to them at all.

“I know a lot of people down there and it’s a smashing football club and it’s a real shame to see what has happened to them.

“It is the fans who suffer and the Chester fans have had to deal with it themselves.

“But I think it’s going to keep happening until people realise that football clubs are not toys and while people with egos keep getting involved.”

Burr must now turn his attentions to ensuring the new season does not end in the same disappointment as the last and is continuing to assemble a new squad.

He has signed keeper Jon Worsnop, defender Kieran Charnock, midfielder Kingsley James and winger Wayne Riley  in the past week, joining fellow new arrivals, winger Sean McConville and defender Danny Taylor.

Michael Kay has signed a new deal and Craig Mahon and Jamie Menagh are expected to remain with the club, along with the under contract Danny Harrison, John Rooney, Tom Peers, Liam Blake and John Danby, although the latter has been placed on the transfer list.