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Signing off

It’s been a busy morning for Chester FC today as Jon McCarthy has been announced as the new man at the helm. We’ll bring you all the latest from what is sure to be a busy first week as permanent boss for McCarthy.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Praise for appointment

Alabi's approval

Appointment welcomed by many fans

The three games that won it for Macca

CHESTER FC 4-0 WELLING UNITED

Kane Richards netted the third goal during Chester's 4-0 win against Welling
Kane Richards netted the third goal during Chester's 4-0 win against Welling (Image: Terry Marland)

GRIMSBY TOWN 1-2 CHESTER FC

Chester's players clap the travelling support following the win at Grimsby
Chester's players clap the travelling support following the win at Grimsby (Image: Terry Marland)

CHESTER FC 4-2 GATESHEAD

Kane Richards heads home against Gateshead
Kane Richards heads home against Gateshead (Image: Terry Marland)

Macca had the players' backing

Kane Richards

Macca put in the work and had us well drilled and everyone has put in the work and knew what they had to do. It just came together over the last three games and it was a great way to end the season

John Rooney

Macca and Sharpy have come in and to be fair we’ve been brilliant since the two of them took over.

Sharps to follow?

With McCarthy’s appointment as manager it is expected that club skipper Ian Sharps will take up the role as assistant manager next season. The Chronicle understands that a meeting regarding this situation is set for next week.

Fans have their say

First challenge

New boss McCarthy will be sitting down with his out-of-contract players over the next few days. Here’s what one of those players had to say.

Johnny Hunt interview

Johnny Hunt
Johnny Hunt (Image: Ben Taylor Photography)

Stiff competition

McCarthy beat off competition from ex-Chester midfielder and Southport boss Paul Carden, former Eastleigh manager Richard Hill and ex-Everton and Newcastle United player Steve Watson to land the role.

Macca statement

Speaking to ChesterFC.com about his appointment, McCarthy said:

To be given the job, it’s an honour. Everybody has got behind me: all the staff and the board and also the fans. It’s given me a lot of belief to put together an application. The way that people have taken on board what we have been trying to do and believed in it has been great. What you’ll get from me is the hardest working Manager in the National League.

Fan reaction

Player support

Chairman's comment

CFU chairman Simon Olorenshaw had this to say to the club’s official website.

I am delighted with the appointment of Jon McCarthy as first team manager. Of all the candidates, not only was he the most enthusiastic and passionate about the three key foundations of our club - first team, youth and community - but he also showed a tactical awareness that we believe is the right match for the club going forward. The board are looking forward to working with Jon through the summer months to support him in preparing a squad to deliver success on the pitch next season.

The announcement

McCarthy was announced as boss at 9.30am this morning.

Macca gets the nod

Jon McCarthy
Jon McCarthy (Image: Terry Marland)

It's Macca

So, after weeks of speculation we now know who the next manager of Chester FC will be.

Jon McCarthy was given the nod, signing a one-year deal, after impressing during his caretaker spell in charge.

Join us as we bring you all the reaction from his appointment.