12:10 18th January 2014
Steve Burr confirmed as Manager
Chester FC have officially unveiled Steve Burr as the new Manager of Chester FC in what the board have declared 'an amazing coup for the club'.
A press conference is currently underway at the Swansway Chester Stadium where the former Kidderminster Harriers manager was announced as the second manager of Chester FC following the recent departure of Neil Young.
Burr, 54, will join the Blues initially until the end of the season with the potential of staying on beyond that time, and will hope to lead the club out of the bottom four and to safety in the Skrill Premier this season.
Vice-Chairman, Steve Ashton, was equally thrilled to have Steve Burr joining the Blues "Steve's record speaks for itself, often regarded as the best manager outside the Football League, this is a fantastic appointment for Chester FC. He is a perfect fit for our club values, and is held in very high regard throughout football.
We are completely confident Steve is the best man to ensure our survival in the Conference Premiership, and we look forward to working with him in the coming months and hopefully years! I am sure all fans will welcome Steve and wish him well."
Steve was most recently at Kidderminster Harriers, where he so nearly guided them to promotion to the Football League but were pipped to the post by Mansfield Town by just two points . Burr was also named the Blue Square Manager of the Year despite finishing in the Runners Up position.
Having started his playing career at Stafford Rangers, he then went on to Macclesfield Town in 1984, spending 8 years at the Moss Rose where he also faced Chester City in the FA Cup.
He then tried his hand at management, starting off at Nuneaton Borough before moving on Hucknall Town.
Northwich Victoria was his next port of call, and led the side to a safe position in the Conference despite the club being deducted 10 points soon after his arrival, but then off the field matters meant the club were eventually relegated despite the tremendous effort on the pitch. But just a season later, Burr led Northwich back into the Conference Premier after a successful campaign in the Conference North.
After Northwich troubles off the pitch resurfaced, Burr then joined Stalybridge Celtic, where he then led his side to the Conference North Play Offs, losing by the odd goal to Barrow.
In January 2010, Burr was appointed manager of Kidderminster Harriers, and regularly flitted around the Play Offs, with their near miss in 2013 proving heartbreaking.
Steve was then offered the chance to manage Forest Green Rovers in November last year, but turned down the offer to stay at Aggborough. However, just a couple of weeks ago, Kidderminster decided it was time for a change, and went for Andy Thorn.
And so, Steve now becomes manager of Chester FC and with his experience we hope he can keep the Blues up!
Good Luck and welcome to Chester, Steve!