The Board of Chester FC have announced that manager Jon McCarthy has agreed a new two-and-a-half-year contract at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.
The highly rated 46-year-old took charge of the Blues in May 2016 after being assistant to Steve Burr since early 2014.
Since taking on the job, McCarthy has built a young squad who have surprised many to currently sit ninth in the National League – just six points off the play-offs.
Chief executive Mark Maguire said: “We are thrilled to have secured the services of Jon for an additional two years.
“He is an outstanding manager and an outstanding individual who has transformed things both on and off the pitch.
“I wish to make clear that the reward of this new contract is not only about the results on the pitch – which have exceeded expectations – but also because of the impact he has had in creating a culture off the pitch which has brought the whole club together.
“He has created a clear footballing vision and integrated that throughout the First Team and Youth Team set up with intelligence and understanding of the club.
“It is a privilege to work with him and his young squad and, as chief executive, I’m looking forward to matching his progress commercially in order that together we can create a platform which will position the club in a place where we can have a real go at getting back into the Football League.
“There’s plenty of hard work ahead but this new contract is a fantastic first step!”