Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee expressed an interest in the Chester FC job, it is understood.

Marcus Bignot was appointed as the Blues’ new boss on Wednesday after an exhaustive search for a successor to Jon McCarthy, who was sacked after a miserable start to the season.

An eight-man shortlist was invited to interviews over two days at a hotel just outside of Chester, with names such as Graham Barrow, Neil Redfearn, Ronnie Moore and Richard Money grilled before he club’s board decided on appointing Bignot.

Hundreds of applications were received by the Blues in the wake of McCarthy’s departure with candidates such as former Bolton Wanderers and Southampton striker Kevin Davies expressing an interest.

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