Date: 6th February 2006 at 10:24pm
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Chester have terminated the contracts of assistant managers John Gannon and David Bell as well as physio Clive Goodyear as they try to arrest an alarming slump in form.

The Blues are on a run of nine defeats in 10 league matches, which has seen them plunge from play-off chasers to 17th in the League Two table, with just two wins since the start of December.

The sackings come following an inquest between chairman Stephen Vaughan and manager Keith Curle at a Chester hotel in the wake of the 5-0 defeat at Carlisle on Saturday.

Gannon arrived with Curle just before the end of last season, while Bell was already at the club and also had a spell as caretaker boss with Goodyear. Chester have already lined up replacements and expect to have the new men in this week.

An official club statement read:

‘The board of Chester City Football Club Limited have decided that because of the recent run of poor results that this can not continue to go on unchecked.

Following discussions between the Chairman (Stephen Vaughan) and the Manager (Keith Curle) they both agreed that drastic action had to be taken to halt this run of bad form.

Therefore, Chester City Football Club have decided to terminate the employment of Assistant Manager’s John Gannon and Dave Bell and Physio Clive Goodyear.

We would like to go on record to thank them for their effort and endeavour and wish them good luck in the future.

Chester City Football Club have already identified replacements and we hope to announce these within the next 24/48 hours.’