Port Vale legend favourite to become Chester manager

Former Port Vale winger Jon McCarthy is the favourite to succeed Steve Burr as the manager of National League side Chester FC.

Burr was dismissed earlier this month after a run of one win in ten games left them in danger of relegation.

People know us, we’re around the club, people know my work…

However, assistant McCarthy was appointed caretaker and has guided his team (which includes Vale loanee Ryan Lloyd) to safety after two wins in their last three games.

The Chester Chronicle reports that applications for the post of manager closed on Monday and The Chronicle understands 45-year-old McCarthy has made a four-man shortlist. The quartet will be interviewed next week and an appointment could be made before next weekend.

McCarthy commented: “People know us, we’re around the club, people know my work and I’ve been going to board meetings and giving advice on the academy so they’ve seen me do it for a couple of weeks and if I was fortunate enough to be given the honour of being manager of Chester Football Club then the first person I would ask would be [assistant] Ian Sharps to see if he would come and do it with me.”

If McCarthy does land the appointment he will join another former Vale favourite, Neil Aspin, in managing in the National League.