KEITH Curle intends to get back into management as soon as possible.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Chronicle , the former Blues boss admits to being 'bewildered' by the lack of success on the pitch which led up to his sacking and says a big 'thank you' to the supporters who stood by him during his rollercoaster 10-month stay at the Saunders Honda Stadium.
Curle was dismissed by chairman Stephen Vaughan on Saturday for failing to arrest a slide that left Chester with just one win in 14 games.
It was a far cry from the early months of the former Manchester City defender's reign, when the Blues emerged as genuine promotion contenders.
He was happy to answer our questions.
Do you have a message for Chester fans and are there any regrets following your departure?
I want to say a massive thank you to the fans. I've enjoyed myself. In the early part of the season I took the club where I thought they could go.
I'm not a person who carries regrets around with me. I'm very much a person who stands by the decisions I make.
At the end of the day if results aren't right, it's the manager who takes the fall.
At what point were you told you had been sacked?
I was told straight after Saturday's game (against Leyton Orient). There had been rumours circulating. One of the radio people interviewed me last week and said the rumour on the street was that if I didn't win on Saturday, I was out of a job. I said unless the rumours came from the chairman, I've not heard that.
There's rumours at every single football club. It doesn't matter if you're at Chester City or Manchester United.
Should you have been given more time to turn things around?
Again, I've got no regrets. I know the chairman said it was the hardest decision he's had to make and I know deep down the chairman thinks I'm a good manager.
Credit to him, he tried giving me everything he had. Sometimes that's the trouble when it's a one-man band.
Why did Chester's form dip so dramatically. What went wrong?
Look at the Leyton Orient game as a typical example.
We were playing against a team who everyone fancies as a top team.
It was bewilderment from the supporters as well as myself in that I couldn't believe how we missed so many chances.
I had a conversation with the chairman on Sunday and I think we were totally in agreement, and it was said with tongue in cheek, that it got to the stage where we thought the players were missing the chances on purpose.
It was harder for them to miss.
Did the players let you down?
That's one issue that's come out and, taking a quote from the chairman, it was the players who got me the sack.
That's not talking behind people's back. That was directed at the players from the chairman and, make no mistake about it, the players have got me the sack.
How do you view your time at Chester City?
I enjoyed my time there. People said when I got the job that I was working for a difficult chairman. The chairman, as far as I can see, is straightforward and he says what he thinks.
Likewise, he allows you to have your say back.
I know he was desperate for me to turn it around...
If you have a look at the video of the Leyton Orient game, how the hell didn't we score four goals? That's the way it's gone in the last few weeks.
What does the future hold for Keith Curle?
A lot of people say they want to have a rest, restock and re-evaluate the situation when they lose their job. I want to get straight back into work.
I proved at the beginning of the season that I know what the formula is. People have just got to stick to that formula.