SPECULATION was rife last night that the Chester City management duo of Ian Rush and Mark Aizlewood were poised to leave the Coca-Cola League Two club.
Crisis talks were held between the pair and chairman Stephen Vaughan last night, and it is thought that a definitive decision regarding the duo's future will be made in the next 24 hours.
Chester have suffered an alarming sequence of results lately, which has seen the club fail to register a goal in eight of their last 10 league outings, as well as losing their last three matches.
Last Saturday the side and management team were jeered by their own supporters as they slumped to an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town. The loss meant that they were just 10 points above the relegation trap door.
The Shropshire club, who finished last season 18 points behind champions City in the Nationwide Conference, eventually gained promotion via the play-offs.
Rush and Aizlewood took over the managerial reins at Chester at the end of August, following a short stint in a caretaker capacity by ex-Wigan Athletic manager Ray Mathias.
Following a series of indifferent loan and permanent signings, Vaughan recently made it clear that he had serious reservations about the management's ability to bring in the type of player that was required by Chester.
Consequently he refused to sanction any further signings proposed by the current management team.
From then on, it appeared that a parting of the ways was inevitable, land ast Saturday's heavy defeat at Gay Meadow appears to have been the catalyst for what appears to be a departure.
Vaughan was unavailable for public comment last night.
Meanwhile, the Chester City striker Kevin Rapley has returned to the club following a one-month loan spell at Conference club Forest Green Rovers.
City are next in action on Saturday, when they entertain inform Southend United.