NEW Chester boss Neil Young accepts that nothing less than promotion will do from his first season in charge – no matter what league the resurrected club kicks off in.
The Blues have lodged an appeal with the FA over its recommendation that they must start life in the Vodkat League Premier Division.
Chester officials are holding out hope that their fan-owned club could yet be bumped up a level to the UniBond League.
But be it UniBond or Vodkat, the brief remains the same for the man charged with kick-starting the Blues’ march back towards the Football League.
“If it’s the Vodkat League, we’ve got to get out of it in the first year, and I’d be silly to say otherwise,” said Young, who won promotion with Colwyn Bay to the UniBond Premier Division last season.
“Everybody knows the size of this club and what we’re trying to achieve and that’s why if it’s the UniBond, ideally again we’d want to get out of it in the first year.
“The main thing I’ve got to do now is build a team capable of what the fans expect. It’s no good me saying we’re going to consolidate because this is Chester we’re talking about.”
The appointment of Young, 35, and his assistant manager Gary Jones, also 35, was announced late on Friday. The duo have been glued to their phones ever since as they try to piece together a 20-man squad from scratch.
Young has already identified the players he wants to bring in before the Blues begin pre-season training in mid-June and he has assured supporters his recruits will have the quality to compete in whatever league the club is placed in.
“I’ve got a list of players who I wanted to sign for Colwyn Bay to help us in the UniBond Premier Division and they are the type of players I want bring to Chester,” said Young, who has signed a two-year contract.
“That list hasn’t changed even though we might not be in the UniBond.”
As part of the deal to take Young and Jones to the Deva, Chester will travel to Colwyn Bay’s Llanelian Road home for a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 10 – which could well be the Blues’ first game since rising from the ashes of the defunct Chester City FC.
As an official continuation of Chester City, Chester FC believed they would start again in steps three or four of the non-league pyramid like fellow phoenix clubs AFC Telford United and Farnborough. Instead, the Blues have been given a provisional place in step five in the Premier Division of the Vodkat League, which is more commonly known as the North West Counties.
Chester are now waiting to discover if their appeal to the FA has been successful.