Marcus Bignot has told his Chester FC players they will be going full-time from Monday after their humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of lower-league Kidderminster Harriers.
The Blues went down to a miserable 2-0 defeat to their National League North opponents that sparked an angry response from the short-changed travelling supporters.
And, while Bignot did his best to keep a lid on his anger, he made it clear that his part-time squad will now have to commit to an extra day’s training in the week – whether they like it or not.
He said: “I can agree with them (the fans) and their calls, and their shouts, and their views. Judging on today, you’ve got to agree with them.
“But as a manager I can agree with them and I can join the bandwagon or because I’ve got these players, I’ve inherited this group… Kidderminster are full-time, they’ve been full-time for how many years now. We’re not and if we continue not to be full-time that’s the kind of performance and results you can get.
“We need to go full-time and I’ve told the boys it’s going to be a full-time programme starting from Monday. It has to be. You can’t expect to compete at National (League) level, never mind in the North, where there’s six or seven professional teams.”
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