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Wright resigns as Chester manager

Mark Wright
Mark Wright has now ended his third spell in charge at the Deva Stadium

Chester City manager Mark Wright has resigned, seven weeks after the club's relegation to the Blue Square Premier.

City's recent move in and out of administration under owner Stephen Vaughan had badly affected Wright's summer rebuilding plans.

"The difficulties faced by the club made it impossible for me to create the type of team I would wish to take forward," said the ex-England defender.

Chester face a 10-point penalty from the start of next season.

They have already trimmed their playing staff since the turn of the year, cutting six players from the wage bill on January deadline day.

And six more have gone since the end of the season, including the key departure of their star player, last term's 18-goal top scorer Ryan Lowe.

I deserve to be in the Championship for what I know and what I've done. Do I want to be in the Conference? No"

Mark Wright

In his final interview with BBC Radio Merseyside on Friday, just prior to his parting of the ways with City, Wright admitted the full extent of his frustration.

"There's still a lot of players there that are on way too much money for what Chester will be able to handle," he said.

"If they can handle it, they can handle it, if they can't, they can't and for the players around it will be a near enough impossible task.

"I feel for Stephen Vaughan as he's put so much money in, and put a lot of heart and soul into it and things have not gone well over the past two years.

"I think I deserve to be in the Championship now for what I know and what I've done.

"Do I want to be in the Conference? No."


Wright, 45, who took City back into the Football League in 2004 after a four-year stay in the Conference, started his third spell in charge of the club in November.

Things initially went well as Wright clocked up three wins in little over a month. But he was working without a contract as the financially struggling, badly-supported club struggled under the weight of a reported £7m debt. And his latest departure has come as little surprise to disillusioned City fans.

"I've won this league," said Wright. "Do I want to be there again? I'd rather not!"

Wright was briefly linked to the vacant Tranmere manager's role before it was filled by fellow former Liverpool player John Barnes.

Last week Vaughan denied that he was trying to lure former City assistant manager Malcolm Thompson, who left for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in December 2007, back to the Deva Stadium.

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see also
Chester plan to get fans on board
18 Jun 09 |  Chester
Vaughan vows to help Chester back
18 May 09 |  Chester
Bury sign Chester striker Lowe
10 Jun 09 |  Bury
Chester move into administration
17 May 09 |  Chester
Chester offload two more players
08 May 09 |  Chester
Wright pledges to stay at Chester
02 May 09 |  Chester

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