New Chester FC manager Marcus Bignot is confident he is the man to turn around the fortunes of the football club.
Bignot was unveiled as successor to Jon McCarthy on Wednesday having impressed the board and chief executive Mark Maguire during the interview process.
He arrives with a track record of success in non-league football with Solihull Moors, a side he guided to the National League North title in 2016 and was headhunted by League Two Grimsby Town later that year before leaving in April.
He takes on a Chester side who are mired in the relegation zone after one win in their opening 11 games has left them four points off safety.
But with a new manager comes new ideas and former QPR and Crewe Alexandra player Bignot, 43, believes the tide can be turned.
When asked what Chester fans can expect from a Bignot side, the new Blues boss said: “Results, first and foremost.
“For me, that is the remit right here, right now. We need results and to climb that table. We will evolve as time goes by but we need results.
“We will turn it around. I’m sure the supporters will see a group that will be organised and have a structure both on and off the ball and they’ll have clear roles and responsibilities, and I honestly believe they’ll draw confidence from that, and if they’ve got that desire to work harder and smarter, I’m sure we’ll turn things around.”
One change that Bignot is planning to implement is on the coaching staff where Tom Shaw, who had been in caretaker charge of Chester during the three games since McCarthy’s sacking, is expected to remain as a coach but will be pulling his playing boots back on.
Bignot is close to bringing in an assistant manager of his own choosing, with the likely candidate someone who boasts vast knowledge of the non-league scene.
“I’ve done a lot of background into the team,” said Bignot, whose contract length was undisclosed by the club.
“I’ve been through all the season’s game now and I’ve got a clear understanding where the group is at and Tom Shaw will be pivotal in that. I know where the group’s at and I’m looking forward to taking it forward.
“Tom was my boot boy at Rushden and I’ve kept a close tabs on his career since. He’s a very good player and an excellent coach who has got a future in the game. But he’s still got a lot of time on the playing field as well. He will come on to the coaching side and I’m very excited about mentoring Tom. There will be someone coming in and joining the backroom staff.”
Bignot will take charge of his first game as Chester manager when the Blues play host to Maidenhead United on Saturday (3pm).