Chester FC boss Steve Burr is hopeful of a resolution in the Kingsley James tribunal saga, but admits he may have to wait until Downton Abbey finishes first.

The Blues manager has been left frustrated at the length of time taken to sort out a fee for former Chester midfielder James, who left for the Shaymen in July.

Chester, who signed James from Hereford United during the summer of 2014, are entitled to compensation for the former Sheffield United and Port Vale man, who made 43 appearances for the Blues last season, due to him being under the age of 24 at the time.

With Chester and Halifax unable to agree on a price for James it was left in the hands of an FA tribunal to determine the fee but, as yet, a firm date for when that will actually take place has yet to be given.

“I'm not sure, I think Downton Abbey finishes at Christmas so maybe it will be after that,” joked Burr following Chester's 3-2 win over Wrexham on Saturday.

“I know there are a couple of dates but I'm not sure what they are. You know my thoughts on it, it's ridiculous that it has gone on so long.

“But hopefully we will get there and we can have it solved.”

James made the switch to West Yorkshire in order to be closer to his family home in Barnsley but has endured a miserable Vanarama National League campaign with the Shaymen so far.

The club sit second from bottom in the table following a poor start to the season that resulted in popular manager Neil Aspin losing his job. He was replaced by Darren Kelly who suffered an embarrassing 7-1 home reverse on Saturday against Cheltenham Town in what was his first match in charge.

IN PICTURES: Kingsley James' time with Chester FC