Hello everyone, at noon on Thursday we will have Chester FC boss Neil Young here answering your questions. If you want to leave a question before that, simply use the comment function above. Thanks
Hell everyone and welcome to out livechat with Neil Young. The man himself is now in Chronicle HQ and will be answering your questions shortly.
Right folks here we go. First question has come all the way from Canada and looks at the possibility of some new faces at the Exacta.....
We've identifed two or three players we would like to add to the squad, which we will persue once the season is over. But I think next season we will be making signings a lot later than nornal due to the financial situation and the small pool of players that will improve us.
Great stuff, thanks Neil. We have had a lot of questions about transfer targets so hope that helps. Next up we have a question about a name on a lot of lips...Michael Owen
I think Michael has already made it clear that his future will not be within football. We are very grateful for all the publicity that Michael has helped bring to the football club. We wish him well. I am very happy with my staff currently. They have done a fantastic job behind the scenes which they don't always get credit for.
Now we are going to look back on the last three years and how far the club has come, this question is from MJS
Between myself and Gary Jones we always believed it was possible and I think you have to have that self belief to be successful. Only when your targets can't be reached do you then change them. We always knew it would be a very difficult task but I am very proud that we have been able to achieve it.
Great stuff thanks Neil, plenty of people are asking who else will be promoted alongside Chester this season, so this one is from Mark Ridgway....
Very difficult question! I have seen all these teams recently close up. I possibly think Brackley may do it as they are slightly different to the other clubs within the play-offs. They have proven against ourselves, Guiseley and Halifax that they can keep a clean sheet which is very important in the play-offs, particularly away from home. But as I said, it's a difficult choice.
And on the subject of opposition....
Not really! Everybody is trying their best for their football club and coming from starting my managerial career on a Sunday morning, I know how difficult it can be to financially improve clubs. There are certain grounds and dressing rooms I'll be glad to see the back of. But I won't be mentioning them on here!
Back to the squad now and a few people are asking if there are any specific areas of the squad you are looking to bolster, this one is from Chris Piercy
We would like to strengthen in all areas, although it's going to take some very good players to add and improve our current group. With being part-time next season and our current budget at this moment staying the same, I believe it'll be very difficult to compete financially with the ex-Football League clubs who are all full-time.
A slightly cheeky one here from Jack....
Obviously, I think that is probably high on the agenda of most Chester fans but personally it's not something I've even considered. Our concentration at the moment is solely on trying to win our last four league games and a cup final on Wednesday evening.
And now onto Neil and his future plans....
My sabbatical finishes at the same time as my football contract, which is the end of next season, although I do need to inform my employer of my intentions in January 2014. Obviously, I would like to try to stay working in football full time. But my employer has been very good to myself for giving me this opportunity and also top of my agenda is my family and their security. We all know football can be a very fickle world so I am well aware I have some very difficult decisions to make very shortly.
Another one now looking to Neil's future with the club....
I think my commitment to the club could never be questioned and I will continue to work very hard to try and establish the club back in the Football Conference. If that means at any time another club shows any interest in myself, then I am sure we will discuss it with the chairman and board of the club. But at this moment, I am fully focused, as I have always been, on the job at Chester FC.
More now on the pitch and the hope of a Cup run...
We always try to have a realistic run in the cup competitions. Unfortunately this season going down to 10 men at Halifax scuppered our FA Cup ambitions and a dreadful display at Worksop ended our FA Trophy ambitions. We will always take these two compeitions very seriously, although this year, with the fixture backlog, due to the weather, it has probably assisted us being out fairly early in winning the championship.
And now a look at more prep for next season....
Additional training is something that is currently being considered but a lot will depend on the playing budget for next year and if there is any scope within it to bring the players in for an extra day's training, ideally on a Monday day.
And keeping hold of the top players....
I'm a great believer in what will be will be. Antoni has had a fantastic season and obviously clubs will be looking at him but he is contracted to the club for next year so we will have to wait and see.
Thanks Neil, moving on from Antoni, we now look at the Turners
I have a very good relationship with Leeds United and we are very grateful for the loan of the twins this season which I am sure has helped their development considerably. I now hope that both of them can go on and have a successful football career at the highest level they can possibly play. We will continue to identify possible loan options and building relationships and hopefully with us now being a Conference club, more clubs will be willing to loan their players to us.
Staying with the playing staff, we move on to Lee Trundle
Certainly not. The signing of Lee was a no-brainer. Lee had just left Preston and he could not sign for a club above our division and Lee was somebody I had tried to sign in the summer. We hoped Lee would have stayed with us until the end of the season, particularly after losing Ben Mills as I like to four forwards at my disposal. But Lee, after missing so much of the season through injury, was desperate just to play every week and that is something that I could not guarantee as I like to rotate my players due to the amount of games that we had left in such a short space of time.