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Manager Wadsworth leaves Chester

Mick Wadsworth
Mick Wadsworth's stay at the Deva Stadium lasted just three months

Chester City have parted company with manager Mick Wadsworth after Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at home to Forest Green, reports BBC Radio Merseyside.

Wadsworth, 58, was appointed at the Deva Stadium on 29 June, succeeding former Liverpool defender Mark Wright.

But City, who started the season late under a 25-point penalty, have won just twice in 13 Blue Square Premier games.

And Tuesday night's reverse to fellow strugglers Forest Green was their fifth home defeat in seven games at the Deva.

Much-travelled former Newcastle United assistant manager Wadsworth has brought in more than a dozen players in a bid to transform the club's fortunes. But, although the club are still appealing against the second of their pre-season points deductions, City are still 24 points adrift of safety.

This place is full of negativity and its really difficult. I've not known an environment like it

Mick Wadsworth, prior to parting company with Chester City

"The club is in poor shape," said Wadsworth. "And it needs to be steadied to allow it to get into safer waters.

"It has a battle ahead, and I thought I was the man to take it forward, but I wish it well for the future."

Wadsworth's number two Simon Davies, who himself had an eight-month spell in charge last year, has also left the club.

And, while City look to make a 14th managerial appointment in 10 years, experienced defender Tim Ryan and physio Billy Gerrard will take charge of the team for this Saturday's trip to Hayes & Yeading.

Speaking after Tuesday night's defeat, less than 24 hours before his departure, Wadsworth painted a picture of a club shrouded in gloom.

"I've not known an environment like it," he told BBC Radio Merseyside. "This place is full of negativity and it's really difficult.

"It's so negative at times it's very worrying."

"There is less stress, pressure and negativity away from home."

It accounts for why City have drawn their last five away games, including last Sunday's 0-0 local derby stalemate with neighbours Wrexham, yet have struggled in front of their own fans, where crowds have dipped even further since their second relegation in nine years in May.

But Wadsworth still admits that the display his team gave against fellow strugglers Forest Green in what proved to be his final game at the helm was far from what he expected.

Mick Wadsworth, 29 June-30 Sept
Mark Wright 11 Nov 08-22 June 09
Simon Davies 2 Mar-11 Nov 08
Bobby Williamson 11 May 07-2 Mar 08
Mark Wright 21 Feb 06-30 Apr 07
Keith Curle 2 May 05-19 Feb 06
Ian Rush 30 Aug 04-5 Apr 05
Mark Wright 9 Jan 02-6 Aug 04
Steve Mungall 8 Oct-26 Dec 01
Gordon Hill 13 Jul-8 Oct 01
Graham Barrow 1 Jun 00-22 Jun 01
Ian Atkins 20 Jan-31 May 00
Terry Smith 21 Aug 99-20 Jan 00
Kevin Ratcliffe 20 Apr 95-21 Aug 99

"We were rubbish first half and good second half, it was as simple as that," said Wadsworth.

"We gave ourselves too much to do. We knew how we wanted to start and we talked about that and didn't do it.

"I never want to be negative against the lads because they are a great bunch.

"But we didn't have one player in the first half that was on top of his job. Our 10 players were second best to their 10 players."

Whoever gets the Chester job will become the 10th manager appointed by owner Stephen Vaughan since he took charge of the club in October 2001.

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see also
Chester 1-2 Forest Green
29 Sep 09 |  Non League
Vaughan trust in new Chester boss
30 Jun 09 |  Chester
Chester appoint Wadsworth as boss
29 Jun 09 |  Chester

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