Gareth Seddon has backed his former bosses Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley to turn around Chester’s ailing fortunes.

The pair left Salford City last week by mutual consent, despite winning the National League North title with the Moor Lane outfit, who are owned by a group of ex-Manchester United players including Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and are set to be announced as Chester’s new co-managers. Salford cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ for the split.

The appointment would represent a major coup for Chester given the financial constraints the club are working under following a crisis-ridden six months which almost saw the club face liquidation, and culminated in their relegation from the National League last month.

Seddon, who joined Salford from Chester back in 2014, made the Blues’ board aware of the duo’s impending availability when contacted a fortnight ago and believes their proven ability to work on a shoestring budget in their previous job at Ramsbottom – where they achieved two promotions – should stand them good stead at the Deva.

“I was in touch with Chester and I put their names forward to the club, as I was hearing at that point they were probably going to be leaving Salford,” explained the 37-year-old. “There were rumours that they’d be leaving and it would be mutual consent.

“Chester were quite a long way down the process (of approaching Neil Redfearn) at that stage, but I did flag up that if that fell through, Jonno and Bernard were likely to become available. They’re both really good guys and they know that league like the back of their hand.”

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