6th September 2017
Chester FC have terminated the contract of Manager Jon McCarthy with immediate effect.
The final straw was seemingly last night’s poor 2-0 defeat away at Solihull Moors. Sections of the 200 plus travelling supporters could be heard chanting “we want Macca out” at the full-time whistle.
But ultimately it was an extended poor run of form that cost the boss his job. Just one win this season means the Blues sit in the National League relegation zone.
More notably his side haven’t won a game at home since December last year – a run that is at 14 matches and counting.
Chief Executive Mark Maguire says the decision wasn’t an easy one but feels it is the right one. He said: “As much as you want somebody to succeed, you have to come to the conclusion that it’s not working. With a very heavy heart we made the decision as a board that the time had come to make a change.”
He did however acknowledge the efforts of the now former manager saying “you’re dealing with a thoroughly decent man. Someone who’s put his heart and sole and all the work ethic you would expect into a football club that he was genuinely committed to. It’s a very sad day.”
LISTEN to the full interview with Mark Maguire here:
McCarthy was in his usual defiant mood after last night’s loss. Speaking before learning of his fate he was asked if he thought he was still the right man for the job.
He responded: “I am. The footballers who will come in will tell you. Ask them. Ask them what I’m like and ask them what the training is like and you’ll get your answers. And if it’s not then there’s your answer.”
He also believes that injuries have played a key part in the teams poor form this campaign, something Mark Maguire and the board have acknowledged.
McCarthy continued: “If I’ve got Harry White, Ross Hannah starting a game, Nyal Bell, Akintunde on the bench, you know if I have a Paul Turnbull available on Saturday and Ryan Astles tonight, that’s six points and two comfortable wins [vs Torquay and Solihull].”
You can listen to Jon McCarthy’s full final interview as manager at the bottom of the page.
Meanwhile, Mark Maguire has confirmed they are looking to appoint a permanent replacement in time for the home match against Maidenhead United on September 23.
Assistant Manager Tom Shaw, Dave Felgate and Calum McIntyre will take charge of the first team on a temporary basis.
The Blues have three games before they face Maidenhead. They are Ebbsfleet (H, Sep 9), Gateshead (A, Sep 12) and Dover (A, Sep 16).