Date: 1st December 2005 at 5:23pm
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Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan hopes to tie Keith Curle to an improved and extended contract following the City manager’s link with Portsmouth.

The 42-year-old former England international looked set to be appointed Neil Warnock’s assistant at Portsmouth but the Sheffield United manager has pledged his future to the Blades.

Despite Curle only arriving at the Deva Stadium in May, Vaughan also rejected an approach from Bristol Rovers in October and is determined to keep hold of his manager.

‘We’ve had a meeting and as far as I’m concerned he’s the manager and he signed a contract to be reviewed in December and now it’s December 1,’ Vaughan said.

‘We’ll look at giving him an extension to his existing contract, with better terms within it. I don’t know exactly what I’ll offer him but probably another season.’

Vaughan added: ‘It’s not unsettled the camp at all. Keith has carried on with his work and he was at our reserve game on Wednesday night.’