PAUL Linwood says Chester are looking forward to tomorrow’s game against Morecambe at the Deva Stadium after Simon Davies’ departure.
The man Davies made team captain after convincing him to pen a new deal this summer said he and fellow senior players have had to take a number of Chester’s young squad under their wings this week.
For many members of the Blues squad, this is the first time since they came into the first team that a managerial change has directly affected them.
“We have got a young squad but we do have some experienced lads like myself and Kevin [Ellison] and it’s our job not to let heads go down,” said Linwood, who is only 25 himself.
“It might sound a little bit daft but everyone’s looking forward to Saturday because we have been playing well.”
But the skipper admitted that it had not been nice to hear of Davies’ sacking on Monday.
“The squad has been alright but it’s not nice when someone loses their job in any way of life.
“The lads are down for Simon but, at the end of the day, we need to crack on with our job on the field.”
Tomorrow’s game sees Wayne Allison, Davies’ assistant and to many players and fans alike ‘the Chief’, take charge of a senior game for the first time as caretaker manager and Linwood said the players were fully behind him and raring to go.
“The Chief is a bubbly character he’ll keep the place bouncing until someone else comes in,” said Linwood.
“Everyone’s got faith in him and the lads will carry on as normal.”
Allison praised his senior players for their ......................attitude this week.
“They have really helped me by using their experience to guide the younger players through this difficult week,” he said.
“The senior guys will have experienced this quite a bit, some young players haven’t experienced it at all. The older players can sit down with the younger ones, explain that this happens and we will get through it.”