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Jim Harvey, manager of Blue Square North play-off chasers Stalybridge Celtic, has been reunited with experienced former England semi-professional international defender Tim Ryan after the demise of Chester City.
He started his career at Scunthorpe United. The former England semi-professional international defender had two spells at Doncaster with Dave Penney where he won back to back promotions after a three-year spell with Southport.
He started his second spell with Doncaster after rejoining from on a Bosman free transfer from Southport in June 2000. Following the end of his second spell with Doncaster in March 2006 he joined Peterborough United.
Ryan spent the end of the 2005/06 campaign with the Posh but found himself at Boston for the start of the 2006/07 campaign. However, with the Pilgrims struggling for cash he moved to Darlington in the summer of 2007.
He transferred to Chester in July 2009 and two months later was appointed as caretaker-manager.
After taking charge of a goalless draw at Hayes & Yeading, Ryan became assistant-manager to then new boss Jim Harvey.

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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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Club captain Tim Ryan insists crisis club Chester City’s main objective ahead of tomorrow’s game at Mansfield is to see out the season.
The Blues club captain is now one of the most experienced players in the City squad after the recent departures of midfielder Anthony Barry, James Owen, Nick Chadwick and Gregg Blundell.
The quartet have all left in the January transfer window after being owed wages since November.
Ryan was assistant manager to Jim Harvey before the former Forest Green boss left the Blues by mutual consent earlier this month.
And the Stockport-born central defender is now providing support for newly-appointed director of football, Morell Maison.
Chester have not scored for six games and are still on minus three points after being docked 25 at the start of the season.
“We are obviously struggling with the number of players we currently have in our squad, but our main objective now is to see out the season,” said Ryan.
“Morell has come in while the club have been going through some difficult times and he has been trying to assure the players that he is fighting to get outstanding wages paid.
“I don’t know why some players have all decided to leave the club, but they have all probably worried about the club’s financial problems.”
Ryan skippered Chester in Tuesday night’s 1-0 home defeat against Salisbury City in front of just 425 spectators – City’s lowest home attendance since September 2001.
He added: “Mansfield will provide us with a tough game because I remember from our last meeting that they were a tough and physical team.
“But it certainly gives a good chance for our younger players to groom themselves.”

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Chester City Football Club

Chester City Football Club

Chester City Chief Executive Ian Anderson has been promoted to the role of chairman and re-signed Cambridge striker Mark Beesley on a month-long loan deal.

Anderson, who’s solicitor’s firm, Anderson & Co are the club’s main sponsor, has been on the board of directors for the past two years, while owner Stephen Vaughan will not be taking a position on the board of directors.

Twenty-eight-year-old Beesley played for Chester between 2000 and 2003, scoring 36 goals in 110 games.

He has scored two goals this season for the U’s.

Of his appointment as chairman, Anderson told BBC Radio Merseyside: “I am relishing the chance of getting more involved on a day-to-day basis.

“I am looking forward to working with Jim Harvey and Tim Ryan and now we want to take the club forward and create stability at the Deva Stadium.”

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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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A massive attendance of 351 watched nine man Hayes and Yeading draw with managerless Chester City.

After having Rambir Marwa sent off for a professional foul, Hayes then lost Scott Fitzgerald through a second bookable offence.

Yet the two best chances of a poor game came with 22 men still on the park.

City’s Anthony Barry hit the home bar from 25 yards, before Kevin Roberts scythed down Hayes forward Sean Canham, who blazed the resulting penalty over.

Marwa’s red card came when he fouled on-loan Clark Keltie 10 minutes before the interval.

And, after Gregg Blundell had wasted a good chance for City by heading Adam Kay’s cross over, the hosts were reduced to nine men for the last 16 minutes when Fitzgerald received his second booking for a foul on Neil Ashton.

But, even with nine men, they had a chance to win it 11 minutes from time when Tom Cadmore headed wide from Dale Binns’ corner.

As it was, Chester, under the caretaker managerial responsibility of Tim Ryan following the midweek sacking of Mick Wadsworth, held on for a sixth successive away draw.

Hayes & Yeading: Overland, Mulley, Cadmore, El-Abd, Green, James (Fraser-Allen 67), M Canham, Marwa, Binns, Fitzgerald, S Canham (Daly 86), Fraser-Allen (Mehmet 90).
Subs Not Used: Baker, Gradwell.

Sent Off: Marwa (35), Fitzgerald (74).

Booked: Fitzgerald.

Chester City: Danby, Rule, Kelly (Platt 54), Roberts, Ashton, Barry (Ellams 78), Keltie, Kay (Wilkinson 69), Lea, Blundell, Chadwick.
Subs Not Used: Murphy, Owen.

Booked: Rule, Keltie, Chadwick.

Attendance: 351.

Ref: Mathew Mclaughlin (Bedfordshire).

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