CHESTER CITY'S returning manager Mark Wright met the club's playing squad yesterday and then put them through their paces and started to prepare for Saturday's match at promotion-chasing Grimsby Town.
Former Liverpool and England defender Wright was appointed to the Deva Stadium hot-seat on Monday following the sacking of Keith Curle at the weekend.
Wright enjoyed his first day back at the Deva and is relishing the challenge ahead.
He said: "I know certain of the players from my previous time here. I have spoken to them all as a group and I have told them all that they start with a clean slate as far as I am concerned.
"I want the players to prove themselves to me and prove that they warrant a place in the team."
He added: "We know that we have a lot of work to do and I want players around here who are prepared to work hard and meet the challenge ahead."
Wright took training and started to implement some of his methods that have proved so successful with clubs in recent seasons.
"It was an interesting session and thankfully most of the players responded well," he added.
The former Southport and Peterborough manager has an opportunity to see some of his squad in a match situation tonight when City's reserve side entertain Tran-mere Rovers in a Pontin's League fixture at the Deva Stadium.
He said: "It is an ideal time for me to watch certain players and weigh-up their attributes. Everybody at the club is playing for a place in the team who travel to Grimsby at the weekend."
One City player who won't be available for the match at Blundell Park on Saturday is midfielder Ben Davies. The pocket dynamo is serving a one-match suspension after picking up five bookings.
It is expected that Chester may loan certain players out to other clubs in the next week or so and try to bring in others, although the club are conscious of the constraints of the wage-capping scheme which is currently in operation in the Coca-Cola Leagues.