UNCERTAINTY over the future ownership of Chester City prevented Mark Wright from bolstering his squad yesterday.
The City manager had been hoping to wheel and deal this week after admitting on Saturday that he needed “four or five” new players.
But as the 5pm deadline for temporary loan transfers was looming yesterday, Wright had resigned himself to the fact that no deals would be done.
The reason for the lack of activity was down to club owner Stephen Vaughan’s decision to put the Blues up for sale on Monday.
“It’s been made very clear that we have to get on with what we have here,” said Wright, who must now wait until the transfer window opens in January before he can tinker with the squad he inherited from previous manager Simon Davies.
The Chester manager had earmarked several targets, but admitted he fully understood why it was not possible to make any signings.
“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t bring in the players that we wanted to bring in,” said Wright. “But I understand from the board’s point of view where they are with everything going on behind the scenes.
“It was a shame because some of the players we had earmarked and sorted have gone now. If we could have strengthened the squad by three or four players, then we would have been pretty strong for the rest of the season that’s for sure.”
Dwindling home attendances and a reduction in commercial income prompted Vaughan to put Chester up for sale on Monday.
He will continue to sponsor the club until a new buyer is found, but admitted: “It is becoming more and more difficult to sustain a club at this level of football.”
Since revealing he was looking to sell, Vaughan has received a number of enquiries from interested parties.
It is understood that First Asset Management, the company who are involved in the proposed redevelopment of the Deva Stadium, and Worldwide Sports, who represent American backers, are among the interested parties.
Another suitor is millionaire businessman John Bachelor, who had previous football experience with Blue Square Premier side York City.
Blues manager Wright yesterday dismissed rumours that he has interested in buying the club.
He did, however, reveal he would consider investing the redevelopment projects planned for the Deva.
“I’ve always been interested in development and all my career I’ve bought into houses and bits and pieces,” said Wright. “There’s a development issue going on behind the scenes which I would be interested in. If you’re talking about putting money into the club and buying the football club, that is a categorical no.”
Vaughan has been in control of Chester since 2001. He has invested heavily, culminating in the club winning the Conference title in 2004.