CONFUSION surrounds the positions of Chester City manager Ian Rush and his assistant Mark Aizlewood this morning.
The pair will be at their desks at the Deva Stadium today after a meeting between the club chairman Stephen Vaughan and the duo failed to materialise yesterday.
Vaughan said last night: "I offered Mr Rush and Mr Aizlewood a financial settlement so they could resign from the club with dignity and we would agree a joint press statement regarding their departure.
"Mr Aizlewood verbally agreed to this course of action. However, after they discussed the offer with their solicitor, who also acts as their agent, they decided to withdraw the verbal agreement, which was disappointing."
Vaughan continued: "An obvious action open to me is to dismiss them from our employment. I haven't carried out that course of action because of the financial implications this would bring to the club. Therefore they are still technically employees of Chester City Football Club."
Regarding the latest position over Rush and Aizlewood, Vaughan added: "If the affair isn't concluded by the weekend, then as employees of the club they may well still be in charge of team affairs for the home game on Saturday against Southend Unit-ed."
Chester have failed to record a victory in their last three matches and have also failed to score in eight of their last 10 league outings.
Meanwhile, a youthful Chester reserve side lost 2-0 to a strong Blackpool team at Bloomfield Road yesterday.
Former Chester City defender Darren Moss joined Crewe Alexandra yesterday from Shrewsbury Town for a fee of £170,000.
Moss, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Gresty Road club, made more than 200 league appearances for Shrewsbury and City.