MARK WRIGHT is relishing the challenge that lays ahead, as his Chester City side look to consolidate their newly acquired top spot.
City's 1-0 victory at Morecambe on Tuesday, and former league leaders Hereford's defeat at Accrington Stanley, meant that Chester took over the leadership for the first time this season.
"The players have worked tremendously hard to achieve our current position and now we have to work even harder to maintain this placing that we have achieved.
"We know we are there to be shot at by the other 21 teams in the league, but all of us relish that challenge," said the former Liverpool and England captain.
Wright continued:"There was criticism from certain sections of the crowd following the FA Cup defeat last weekend, and more concerningly, some unhelpful and sensationalist reporting. "Reports that there has been a fall-out between the chairman and me were totally untrue, and I take exception to that."
The City boss continued: "The chairman and I are totally at one with our ambitions and aspirations for this club, we are also extremely good friends. Our partnership is working particularly well."