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Bob Gray and Ian Anderson resign from the Chester board

Morell Maison
Morell Maison's appointment was a surprise

Two Chester City directors have resigned from the board at the Deva Stadium following Morell Maison's arrival as director of football.

Chester chief executive Ian Anderson and managing director Bob Gray have both stood down at the troubled Blue Square Premier bottom club.

Ex-Kettering and Halesowen boss Maison has now officially assumed control.

And his first job could be to try and keep hold of manager Jim Harvey, a big target for Kidderminster Harriers.

Harvey has been working without a contract since arriving at the Deva to replace Mick Wadsworth in early October.

And, although Chester are still way adrift at the bottom of the Blue Square Premier and facing a second successive relegation, Harvey is deemed to have done a very good job.

He made an initial impact, inspiring three league wins on the trot. But when lack of funds forced the exit of key loan players, Chester's nosedive resumed - and they have now picked up just one point in eight games.

We feel that this appointment is totally unnecessary and can only undermine the excellent work of both the manager and the players at this very difficult time.

Chester Fans United spokesman

And the non-payment of players wages which caused a threat of strike action before Christmas has merely speeded up the club's downward spiral.

Maison's appointment is understood to come with an option to take over the club's current shareholding, still under the control of former chairman Stephen Vaughan's family.

But the club's main supporters group, Chester Fans United, have not welcomed the 48-year-old Londoner's appointment.

A CFU spokesman said: "We feel that this appointment is totally unnecessary and can only undermine the excellent work of both the manager and the players at this very difficult time."

Maison, who met the Chester players for the first time before the Boxing Day game with Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough, will take his Deva Stadium bow before Friday's return fixture at 1500 GMT.



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