Ian Atkins believes Marcus Bignot would be a ‘good fit’ for Chester with the club’s new manager set to be announced within the next 48 hours.

Former Solihull Moors boss Bignot is favourite to land the Blues vacancy and is one of eight managers to have been interviewed over the past two days for the role.

The 43-year-old spent five years with Solihull and led them to the National League North title in 2015/16, as well as a hugely successful spell in charge of Birmingham City Ladies, although his latest job at Grimsby Town ended abruptly when he was sacked by the League Two club in April.

Atkins had a six-month spell in charge of Chester City back in 2000, where he nearly pulled off the great escape from relegation, during the ill-fated Terry Smith era, but the Blues ultimately lost their Football League status.

“For me, Marcus would be a good fit for Chester but he needs to be given time, like any manager,” explained the 60-year-old, who is now chief European scout at Aston Villa.

“Marcus was an apprentice when I was at Birmingham and I helped out the previous owners at Solihull with some previous managers. Marcus was introduced to a club who were getting crowds of 100 per game, and he turned the place around.

“You’ve got to give him a chance to stamp his authority on the place but if he gets that opportunity he’ll do really well.

“He left Solihull as a National League club with over 50 youth teams. Those youth teams stretch right across Birmingham, into the inner city, his hard work has been felt by the whole region.

“He developed youngsters at Solihull who have gone on to join the likes of Leicester and Chesterfield. Plenty of youngsters from the Premier League acadamies get swallowed up by the system, but if there’s lads at Chester who are switched on, they’ll get their chance with a manager like Marcus.”

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