Jon McCarthy is hopeful of keeping hold of loanees Theo Vassell and Ryan Lloyd but admits that it is a decision that is out of his hands.
The duo's loan spells at Chester FC, from Walsall and Port Vale respectively, come to an end in January but the Blues are keen to keep hold of them both.
Vassell, who has been out injured since the end of October, and Lloyd, who has forged an effective partnership in the centre of midfield alongside Tom Shaw, are both keen on a return but it is now a case of whether it can be agreed with their parent clubs.
"We have asked all the questions and we are now reliant on other clubs to make those things happen," said McCarthy.
"Hopefully we will get a response sooner rather than later. Hopefully we will be able to keep them, although it is not totally in our hands.
"We are very grateful to the clubs and we have benefited massively from that, and I think they have with how well this club has done. I think their players have benefited and that is the type of argument we will be putting to them and hopefully we can try and keep that balance, strength and continuity."
While Chester don't have the luxury of a large wage bill to entice new recruits, the chance of playing in front of good crowds for a former Football League club with a rich history is a unique selling point for McCarthy, and one that he uses to his advantage.
He added: "Our crowd is the advantage. I make the most of that and that is one of our big assets, the fact that you can play in front of big crowds and have those Tranmere games and Wrexham games, real experience for those players that are at Football League clubs and wanting to move on."
Chester host Aldershot Town in the Vanarama National League tomorrow (3pm), where a win could see the Blues move into seventh place.