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Chester's Jim Harvey unfazed by Morell Maison arrival

Morell Maison
Morell Maison says he is not planning to invest in Chester City

Chester City boss Jim Harvey is unfazed by the appointment of Morell Maison as the cash-strapped Blue Square Premier club's new director of football.

Maison, 48, was unveiled an hour before Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster.

Harvey said: "I've spoken to Mr Maison and, as far as I am concerned, I continue to do the job I was taken on to do. It's business as usual.

"I understand there will be further discussions between club officials and Mr Maison in the next day or so."

Harvey is understood to have been informed of the appointment of former Kettering Town and Halesowen Town boss Maison only half an hour before the Boxing Day game at Aggborough.

But Maison's arrival at the Deva Stadium, at a time when Chester's players have even threatened strike action after not being paid, is an indication that things may be starting to change at the club.

"I am told that Mr Maison is endeavouring to bring investment to the club," said Harvey. "And we are all aware that investment is badly needed at this point in time."

After starting his career in football as a Sunday league manager, Maison then held down posts with Buckingham Town and Milton Keynes City before coming to the fore when taking over at Kettering in February 2006 - in the wake of Paul Gascoigne's short tenure at Rockingham Road.

Despite lifting the Poppies to second in the Conference North table on the back of a run of seven wins in eight games, Maison was sacked in April 2007.

I am certainly not investing in the club. I shall be making recommendations and working on potential investment

New Chester director of football Morell Maison

He then arrived at Halesowen Town in November 2007, once again working with Ron Atkinson, who had assisted him at Kettering.

But things turned sour for Maison at Halesowen.

He remains under a touchline ban (for the rest of this season) for punching his own striker Dean Brennan in a game against Chippenham Town in September 2008.

At the time, he was also 70% owner of the club, but he lost control back in August - and has since been questioned by police as part of a fraud investigation at the club.

After meeting the City players for the first time on Saturday, Maison said: "It is not a takeover at this moment in time. It is me coming in as director of football.

"I am here to bring my experience in to help the club.

"We are trying to get everybody on side. That includes the staff and the supporters.

"We will give the manager the tools he needs.

"I need to speak to the players and try and find a way forward.

"I am certainly not investing in the club. I have had bitter experience in the past.

"I shall be making recommendations and working on potential investment. There is a timetable for other investors to get involved."



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