Ian Sharps insists securing National League status for next season must be the immediate focus for Chester FC .
Having sacked Steve Burr last week , the Blues remain under the threat of relegation, perched four points above the bottom four with three games to go.
Speculation over Burr's replacement has started with Sharps, who the board placed in caretaker charge along with Jon McCarthy, among those linked to the position.
But while the veteran defender confirmed his interest in the role, he believes conversations about the future can wait until the present danger has been averted.
"The fans worked have extremely hard to build the club up and I think for whatever reason things have been a bit divided this season but everyone needs to come together for these final three games," said Sharps.
"We are in a precarious position but we have a fantastic opportunity on Saturday and I really hope the fans will come out and get behind the team for the 90 minutes and stick with them.
"I think it's imperative we stick together during the game and make sure the club is in this division next season.
"What happened with Steve has helped us refocus because the lads have seen how quickly things can change in football.
"We have got three games to go and of course we want to win all three but Saturday is the most important at the moment and that's what we're focused on."
In pictures: Ian Sharps' career in football
Now coming to the end of a playing career that began with Tranmere Rovers in 1998, Sharps has been preparing for a move into coaching, embarking on his Uefa A Licence and working in Shrewsbury Town's academy.
The 35-year-old told The Chronicle he was attracted to role of Chester manager and would be keen to discuss the vacancy with the board when the time was right.
Others expected to be in the frame include Ronnie Moore, who Sharps played under at Tranmere and Rotherham United, former Eastleigh boss Richard Hill and The New Saints manager Craig Harrison.
Ex-Chester midfielders Shaun Reid and Paul Carden have confirmed their interest along with former Blues favourite Ryan Lowe, still playing in League One for Bury, and Sharps recognises much will depend on whether the board favour relative youth or experience.
"I've definitely got aspirations to move into coaching but I think it really depends on what the club wants," said Sharps, who might well consider a number two role under Moore if was appointed.
"If the club wants an experienced manager then obviously that's not me but I do think the club needs a coach who can bring a new energy and fresh thinking and I'd like to think I'm one of them.
"I'm ready to make that next step and I put a lot of work into everything I do, every session is planned in detail and not made up on the spot.
"It will be down to the club to decide what their philosophy is going to be and what they want from a new manager.
"I'm sure they've got an idea already but the budget for next season is going to be the same as this season so I personally think it's important whoever comes in works with the players on the training ground and helps them improve.
"The club has got a very good youth team but there needs to be a proper stepping stone for them into the first-team rather than just watching games.
"As I said, it will depend what the club wants but I would be ready if that's the direction they want to go in."
Chester dropped to 19th in the table midweek owing to results elsewhere but could be safe on Saturday with a win at home to Welling United on Saturday (3pm) and defeats for Altrincham at Eastleigh and Boreham Wood against Aldershot.
The Blues lost 2-1 at Lincoln City last time out in the first game since Burr's departure but Sharps believes there were positives that can be carried into this weekend's game, particularly as Lincoln's winner came against 10 men after Ross Hannah went off injured with three substitutes already used.
Sharps said: "I thought the attitude and effort of the lads against Lincoln was fantastic. They had a right go, looked solid and listed to the few things we managed to get across to them with the little time we had after Steve went on Thursday.
"I think if we'd have been able to keep 11 on the pitch then we would have taken something from the game but that's gone now so we have got to take the positives and add to them this week ready for Saturday.
In pictures: Action from Chester's defeat at Lincoln
"We have taken a different approach to training this week because the table doesn't lie and what we've been doing this season hasn't worked.
"We got the lads together on Monday and showed them the video of the Lincoln game. It wasn't a video nasty, it was a positive discussion with the players about what we did well and what we could do better and then we took that and implemented it into training.
"The lads have trained really well this week, they've taken on board our ideas and the intensity has gone up a level."