Steve Watson – First Team Manager

Steve was appointed as Chester FC Manager on 23rd December 2021. Watson is our sixth permanent managerial appointment since reformation, and has penned a contract initially until the end of the season at the Deva Stadium.

Having enjoyed an illustrious playing career with the likes of Newcastle United and Everton in the top-flight of English football, Steve’s coaching career started at Huddersfield Town in 2010.

He then had a spell with Birmingham City before being appointed Assistant Manager at Macclesfield Town, and moved into management with Gateshead in October 2017, ensuring their survival that season as well as reaching the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.

Gateshead sat eighth in the National League table in January the following season when he switched to York City. Sitting 16th at the time of his appointment, York would end that campaign strongly – just seven points shy of the play-off places.

The following season Steve steered the Minstermen to a second-place finish on PPG, reaching the play-off semi-finals during the curtailed 2019/20 campaign.

Watson was named National League North Manager of the Month in October of 2021, before leaving the club the following month.

Steve McNulty – Assistant Manager

Steve joined the Blues as Assistant Manager on 28th December 2021. He arrived from Witton Albion, where he had been a player-coach since August 2020. McNulty has celebrated promotion six times with four clubs during a successful playing career, including captaining Tranmere Rovers to back-to-back promotions from the National League to League One. Steve is currently also registered as a player for the Blues, and played under Steve Watson at York City and has also represented the likes of Barrow, Fleetwood Town and Luton Town.

Jimmy Soul – Kit Manager

Jimmy is the ‘Soul Man’ at the Club – being responsible for the kit at all times, and is an integral part of the management team. Jimmy is one of the most infectious characters at the club, and is a well known figure at the club since he joined the management team in 2010. Jimmy breathes each game like the rest of us!

Calum McIntyre – Academy Head Coach

Calum holds the UEFA B License coaching qualification and has overseen the development of Academy graduates such as Sam Hughes, Tom Crawford and Matty Waters. Calum is responsible for all the Academy teams at the club from Under 9s through to U18s and works directly as the club’s Youth Team manager, also overseeing the club’s scholarship programme. Calum was offered a full-time position with the club in January 2016 thanks to the sponsorship of principal Academy Sponsor Swettenham Chemists.