Ross Hannah admits Chester’s players ‘let the club down’ last season which ultimately resulted in relegation from the National League.

The 32-year-old striker was one of several summer signings made by then-boss Jon McCarthy, but the wheels quickly fell off during a miserable campaign which saw the club relegated with four games to spare. McCarthy was fired after just eight matches with Marcus Bignot appointed in September, but he couldn’t stem the tide as Chester’s slide towards National League North gathered force.

“In pre-season it felt positive, we’d brought in some good signings and the training was very positive,” said Hannah, who is set to depart the club this summer as part of a series of cost-cutting measures on a vastly-reduced budget.

“In the summer there was a feelgood factor, but it didn’t last. From a personal point of view, I did my calf in pre-season and that set me back. I thought I was back fit again and broke down. I had a decent month or so where I scored goals, but it just never really got going.

“It’s the worst season I can remember in football. It started with the Solihull debacle and we had a bad start on the pitch. From there, we never really recovered.”

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