Marcus Bignot believes Chester ‘couldn’t keep standing still’ as his players begin to adapt to their new full-time training programme.

The Blues have long touted a switch from part-time to full-time and boss Bignot spoke of the need to eventually move to a more professional training regime when he was appointed as Jon McCarthy’s successor.

That need has become a reality this week, the process accelerated by last weekend’s dismal 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round, which led to supporters turning on the players at full-time in the wake of their cup exit.

With his side languishing in the National League relegation zone, Bignot insisted the club needed to take this step to give themselves the ‘best possible’ chance of avoiding the drop.

“A lot has been made of the decision to move to full-time but for me, as a football club, we couldn’t keep standing still,” said Bignot, who oversaw a 2-0 in-house win over Salford City on Tuesday, Nyal Bell on target.

“We’ve been proactive. It makes perfect sense to go full-time as it gives us the best possible opportunity to close the gap on other teams in our league who are full-time. It’s pretty much all full-time now.

“It’s a step in the right direction, the club is moving forward. When I came into the football club, I explained I had ambitions for the club and I was told those ambitions were matched by those working at the club, and this is a sign that we’re moving forward with this positive step.”

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