Date: 23rd January 2009 at 7:36pm
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Chester City manager Mark Wright has today claimed the Blues are facing testing times ahead. Dwindling attendances at the Deva Stadium have seen the Blues feel the full force of the credit crunch.

A transfer embargo has meant City manager Mark Wright has had his hands tied and today he admitted the club will struggle to survive.

If relegation isn’t realised this season, it sure will be a distinct possibility next time around if nobody can arrest City’s poor form on and off the pitch.

Speaking to the Chester Evening Leader, Wright admitted: ‘We’re facing a testing time, and the current situation may well be tougher than when I took over in my first spell when Chester were in the Conference. But the bottom line is that we’re working every day to try and lift the transfer embargo, and to get players out so that we can bring players in.

‘Steve (Bleasdale) and I didn’t assemble the current squad and I will say that a lot of decisions have been made that haven’t been right.

‘When you’ve got an overload of midfielders, and not enough defenders, and certainly no strikers, it isn’t right for this football club.

‘It’s hard for us, but we know what we want, the players know what we want, and the players know what we expect. And I know what players I want to bring in.

‘I think we are fortunate that Luton Town and Bournemouth were deducted points at the start of the season, otherwise we would have been in a dogfight with a lot of clubs. But that’s not the case because Luton are a long way off us, and Bournemouth are still six games off us.

‘As every day of January goes by it gets harder for us, but there’s nothing better than going out on a football field, whether it’s raining, or whether it’s sunny. It’s great to be out, running around, and being fit. The players haven’t really got any pressures. They just need to go out and battle.

‘Time will tell if our players can mentally show their strength when the going gets tough. I need to bring in some ruthless and mentally tough lads who will make us very hard to beat.’

‘It is a hard job at times, but we’ve just got to push on and do the right things until we can change it. If that comes along then it will be better for this football club.’

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