SIMON Davies aims to stake a massive claim to the Chester City manager’s job on Sunday – by pushing Wrexham closer to the relegation trapdoor.
Chester’s 33-year-old head of youth has been put in temporary charge of first-team affairs following the sacking of Bobby Williamson on Sunday.
While Davies is making no secret of his desire to land the job on a permanent basis, Blues owner Stephen Vaughan is willing to give him time to impress before considering an outside appointment.
And Davies has two opportunities to enhance his chances this week, with the Deva Stadium derby against struggling Wrexham being followed on Wednesday by a visit from Bradford City.
So how much does the former Manchester United midfielder need the three points on Sunday?
“It’s an easy question to answer,” said Davies. “It’s going to help an awful lot. We’ve got two games coming up quite quickly, Sunday and Wednesday, and hopefully we’ll be heading for six points. If we can get four points from the two games, that’ll be a great help.”
With Wrexham anchored to the foot of the League Two table, a win for Chester would come as a major blow to the North Wales club’s survival prospects. But Davies knows there is no room for sentiment – particularly as the Blues are by no means completely safe from relegation themselves.
He said: “People talk about pressure, but I’d rather be in our dressing room with our pressure than their dressing room with their pressure.
“If we can get the three points, it’s a bit of room for us and it would put them in a real tough position. I’ve got a few friends at Wrexham but, at the end of the day, we’ll all be enemies and we’ll go to beat them.”
Following Williamson’s sacking at the weekend, Davies took charge of the Blues at Darlington on Tuesday – but he was left frustrated as a refereeing blunder handed the hosts a 1-0 victory.
Richie Partridge, Paul Butler and Tony Grant all missed the game through injury but stand a chance of recovering for Sunday’s derby. Mark Hughes is also in contention having served a two-match suspension.
Davies added: “I can’t wait for the game now. All the lads are champing at the bit.
“We know everything about them and we’ve prepared correctly.
“A derby game is a big occasion, so we’re going to need big players out there who are going to perform.”