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Chester apologise for their handling of Marcus Bignot’s sacking

Chester FC Chairman David Harrington-Wright has apologised for the way in which the club handled the sacking of manager Marcus Bignot this week.

Bignot was reportedly told of his sacking in the car park after having watched the club’s youth team play on Wednesday afternoon, a day after the already relegated Blues had pulled off an impressive win over play-off chasing Bromley.

Revelations about how Bignot was sacked have led to a backlash among many Chester fans. In response to this,  Harrington-Wright told The Chester Chronicle, “If that’s the case then there is an apology from me. We will hold our hands up on that. We tried to do it the best way we thought it should be handled.

“There wasn’t time to take Marcus away, he was leaving so we had to speak to him and we had made the decision as a board that we wanted to do it ASAP as we wanted to start moving forward with the new manager. Getting him in today, tomorrow or next week wasn’t an option.

“If people want to criticise that I will take that criticism.”

Meanwhile, fellow board member Calvin Hughes also told the Chester Chronicle, “The ethos that I have brought into the club since joining the Football Working Group is we do everything face to face. That has certainly been the case when players have been involved.

“The circumstances with Marcus is we tried to ring him in the morning and get hold of him, we couldn’t get hold of him. The idea was we would meet up before the youth team game itself. That just didn’t happen and we then tried to speak him after the game.

“Marcus made a quick exit from the stand and I asked him if he had a few minutes so we could talk. David was there and that is when we did it.

“Hindsight is a good thing, I suppose. I’ll hold our hands up, we didn’t do it right.”

Chester were relegated last weekend following a 2-0 defeat at home to local rivals Tranmere Rovers. It has been confirmed that academy coach Calum McIntyre will take charge of the trip to Boreham Wood on Saturday.

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