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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 May 2006, 07:32 GMT 08:32 UK
Wright revels in Chester return
Chester manager Mark Wright
Even though I was born and bred down south I feel happier when I'm up around this part of the country
Mark Wright
Chester's Mark Wright is determined to bite his lip in the future and, instead of being outspoken, let his managerial record do the talking for him.

"My ability has never been in question but sometimes I say the wrong things at the wrong time or people misunderstand what I'm about," he told BBC Sport.

"I'm a manager who's a winner. Some people like certain things but others don't. That's when it can be difficult.

"I don't intend to fall out or anything any more. I'm just going to do my job."

His record at Chester this season certainly speaks for itself.

The club were spiralling towards relegation from the Football League having taken just three points from a possible 36.

Cue the 42-year-old former Liverpool and England defender's arrival in late February, just 18 months after he had left in acrimonious circumstances.

Bygones were bygones and his return has been a resounding success.

Wright addressed what he saw as a lack of defensive discipline in an attack-minded team and, allied to a "massive effort", turned things around.

The turning point? A trip to Boston three days after a painful loss to Wrexham which led to some home truths being aired.

Getting to safety was a credit to the boys at the club - they worked tremendously hard and it was achieved through a massive effort
Mark Wright

The result? A 3-1 win which "could have been six".

It heralded a run of five wins and 17 points from a possible 21 that ensured safety was secured with two games remaining.

The chairman's offer of a new contract for the manager to stay on at the club was not slow in coming thereafter, and Wright did not need long to mull it over.

Clearly he is relishing his second chance at the club after being sacked by Peterborough.

"Even though I was born and bred down south I feel happier when I'm up around this part of the country," Wright added.

"I'm happy to be in and around my family and it was lovely to come back here.

"We'd worked so hard to get them into the league - two-and-a-half years of real hard work - to see them go out would have been disappointing from my point of view.

"Getting to safety was a credit to the boys at the club. They worked tremendously hard and it was achieved through a massive effort."

And there's more of that on the horizon as Wright has only four players signed up for next season and it seems the majority of the squad who are out of contract this summer will be released.

"It will be a long process to get back to where the football club was when I left and what we achieved," he added.

"A lot of managers came in and maybe didn't understand the players and formation I'd left. They changed it round and it wasn't successful.

"It's important we get the right personnel in for next season so this doesn't happen again."



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