Ian Rush wants to return to football as soon as he can, after resigning from his post as manager at troubled Chester City. His number two, Mark Aizlewood, had been sacked earlier in the week, against Rush’s wishes.
Rush said in a statement published on the Chester web-site: “Unfortunately, throughout my tenure, various events have gradually made it impossible for me to carry on. The club’s decision to terminate the contract of my assistant, Mark Aizlewood, without my consent was the final straw.”
Rush went on: “Loyalty is vital in football and I am a loyal person. When a valued member of my team is dismissed against my wishes, I have no option but to follow my principles.”
Liverpool hero Rush was working as a coach at Melwood prior to his appointment at Chester, and doesn’t want to be out of the game too long. He said, “I’m disappointed with how it’s gone, but I’ve no regrets and I hope to return to the game as soon as possible.”
Rush succeeded former Liverpool defender Mark Wright as Chester manager in August, his main task being to keep City in the Football League. He feels he did well under the circumstances: “I wasn’t in the job for a long time and I feel I did well. We were six points adrift of the safety zone when I took over and now Chester are nine above it.”
Rush may be of use at Anfield right now if he fancies re-registering as a player – Liverpool’s only available striker for the Manchester City game is Fernando Morientes, who’s only just returned from injury.