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In what would be another major blow for the Blues, it has been reported today that Chester City Captain Tim Ryan is being linked with a move to Stalybridge Celtic.  The Blue Square North club are led by former City manager Jim Harvey.

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Neville Powell, manager of Principality Welsh Premier club Bangor City, has announced that his club captain Marc Limbert will be his new assistant-manager following the departure of Alan Morgan to Aberystwyth Town earlier this week.

Limbert and Powell have worked together for many years in a player and manager capacity and the move is a natural progression for the highly experienced midfielder.

When Limbert was released by Chester City earlier in his career, he played for Powell for three seasons before he received a big-money move to Colwyn Bay.

He then had a spell at Rhyl and won the treble for the Lilywhites, before a switch back to the Nomads for a season in 2006/07 to reunite himself with Powell.

He was instantly installed as the club captain for the Nomads and when Powell joined Bangor City at the start of the 2007/08 season, Limbert followed immediately and was again named as Powell’s captain.

“He knows the game inside out and he’s been very loyal as a player to me, so there was no real decision to be made as far as I was concerned,” said Powell. “His commitments as a player will not change and I think he’s got a good couple of years in him still, especially looking at the way he’s playing currently. This role will allow him to mix his coaching and playing commitments for the good of Bangor City.”

One of the duties that Limbert will relinquish following his move into Powell’s coaching team is the club captaincy.

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jim harvey - Chester City's latest man at the helm

jim harvey - Chester City's latest man at the helm

Former Morecambe and Forest Green Rovers manager Jim Harvey has today been appointed as the latest manager of struggling Chester City Football Club.   Caretaker boss and club captain Tim Ryan will be Harvey’s Assistant as Chester prepare to claw back a 25 point deficit and attempt to perform a great escape and survive in the Blue Square Premier League.

Jim Harvey in profile

Born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Signed for Arsenal in 1974, sadly his 1st team opportunities were somewhat restricted with only making 3 league appearances. In 1980 Jim had a free transfer to Hereford United where he became a favourite with the fans with 278 leagues games.  

In 1987 Jim left Hereford on a £25,000 transfer to Bristol City but only made 2 league appearances before he went on loan to Wrexham making 6 appearances in league games. He was once again transferred for £25,000 to Tranmere Rovers in late 1987. He quickly made Captain, making 121 league appearances, 12 League Cup and 8 F.A. Cup appearances , scoring 15 goals. 

Upon leaving Tranmere Jim spent a season at Crew Alexandra, under Dario Gardi as a player and on the coaching staff. At the beginning of the 1993-94 Jim signed for Vauxhall Conference side Southport, in their 1st year in the Conference. He made 12 appearances for Southport before signing with Chester City as a non-contract player, Reserve Team Coach and Director of the School of Excellence.  

In early 1994 Jim was appointed by Morecambe Football Club as Assistant Player – Manager to Leighton James. He also has F.A. qualifications in management and injury treatment. On 7th June 1994, he became Manager after the sacking of the former manager. 

In his first season 1994-95, as manager, Jim gained Morecambe F.C promotion to the GM Vauxhall Conference as Runners-up in the Northern Premier League. Within the Conference League Jim has become well respected as a manager, winning Morecambe’s second national trophy in 1997/98 when the team won the Bob Lord (Spalding) Trophy, beating Woking in a exciting 2 leg final. He has also taken the club to several Lancashire (ATS) Junior Cup finals, winning in 1995/96 and 1998/99 and Runner-up in 1997/98.  

It can only be a short time before Jim Harvey once again brings back some silverware to Christie Park, home of Morecambe Football Club.  Already at the beginning of the 2001/02 season Jim was the longest serving manager of any team in the Nationwide Conference, as well as the longest ever serving Morecambe boss and furthermore, in November 2001, Jim signed a new contract tying him to Christie Park until at least 2004.  Season 2004/05 saw Jim and the team saddly missing a play-off place on the last game of the season.

Sadly before the Cambridge United game on November 12 2005, Jim suffered a heart attack before the game and was taken to the local hospital at Lancaster.  On doctor’ advice Jim took time off his duties  recover. Whislt recoving his personal friend Sammy McIlroy will be in charge for the first team.  However on 16 May 2006, the board announced they had released Jim Harvey from his contact as manager. With this announcement came the end of the longest era of a manager at the club. A manager that supporters’ will alway remember as the the man who changed the fortunes of the club by taking then into the Football Conference and raising the profile of the club both on and off the pitch.

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Forest Green Rovers extended their undefeated run to six with a victory which signalled the end for Chester City manager Mick Wadsworth.

Amidst rumours of dressing room unrest at the Deva Stadium, the visitors Conal Platt opened his account for the season when he seized on keeper John Danby’s mistake off a Sean Rigg shot.

Platt had a long-range effort saved before Rigg struck from 18 yards to double Rovers’ lead.

Chester had chances either side of the break before Kevin Roberts headed home Neil Ashton’s cross but they could not find an equaliser.

All in all a very poor performance.  The blues now travel to Hayes and Yeading at the weekend hoping to turn around their fortunes with captain Tim Ryan in charge of first team affairs in a caretaker capacity.

 Chester City: Danby, Roberts, Kelly, Ryan, Lea, Wilkinson (Meynell 84), Keltie, Kay (Barry 46), Ashton,

Ellams (Blundell 46), Chadwick.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Rule.

Booked: Ryan.

Goals: Roberts 50.

Forest Green: Burton, Smith, Preece, Ayres, Stonehouse, Davies, Brown, Spence, Platt, Ameobi, Rigg.
Subs Not Used: Carlin, Lloyd, Else, Pugh, Palmer.

Booked: Platt, Rigg.

Goals: Platt 18, Rigg 37.

Att: 1,019

Ref: P Wright (England).

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