Chester fight their corner over Wright's resignation

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Chester City have moved to clarify their position on the departure of Mark Wright from the manager's job earlier this month.

Chester City have moved to clarify their position on the departure of Mark Wright from the manager's job earlier this month.

Last season's Nationwide Conference champions have kept silent on the reasons behind the former England defender's surprise decision to walk out on the eve of the new season almost a fortnight ago.

However, Wright's decision to release a statement last Friday and subsequent comments from the Weymouth manager, Steve Claridge, in a non-league newspaper has prompted Chester to issue their own statement.

"Mr Wright refused to sign a contract offered by CCFC to protect his own interests," said the statement from the club's board of directors. At the commencement of the 2004-05 season Wright was again offered an improved three-year contract. This contract remained unsigned as at the time of his departure. The club insisted it be signed before the season commenced."

Chester also claimed that Wright did not act in the proper manner on occasions. "Mr Wright's conduct was a significant factor in the departure of two players. Both refused to sign the much-improved offers made to them," the statement continued.

"During April 2004 Mr Wright was warned by the chairman as to his conduct and not to speak to other clubs regarding managerial positions, having previously been interviewed by Tranmere.

"Wright persistently flouted his managerial position with regard to the size and budget of the first-team squad. Having already over-committed the budget for the 2004-05 season, he continued to pursue additional signings, promising players contracts without board permission.

"Shortly before 10am on 6 August Mr Wright resigned and walked out of the club, taking his backroom staff with him. When he departed Mr Wright failed even to have the decency to enter the dressing room and address his players, choosing instead to simply drive away.

"The club has consistently maintained from the time of Mr Wright's departure that this is a non-football related matter and we still hold that view."

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