Former Carlisle United favourite Danny Livesey has been appointed caretaker manager of National League North club Chester.

The veteran defender has stepped up to take interim charge after the sacking of joing bosses Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

Livesey, 36, will lead the team for the first time in this Saturday's FA Trophy tie at Curzon Ashton.

Chester are 16th in National League North after 15 games, having lost 1-0 at home to Guiseley on Tuesday.

The former Blues stalwart, who made 333 United appearances from 2004 to 2014 and helped Carlisle to two promotions, has been with Chester since 2019.

He is a UEFA B licenced coach.

Chester parted company with former Salford bosses Johnson and Morley after three-and-a-half years in charge.

"We want to place on record our appreciation for their significant contribution on and off the field in that time, and for immersing themselves in our unique football club," a club statement said.

"Unfortunately results and performances this season have not met expectations and we feel now is the right time to make a change to give us the best possible chance of improving our league position.

"Danny Livesey, who is a UEFA B licenced coach, will take charge of the team for our upcoming fixtures and our collective focus now is on preparing for Saturday’s FA Trophy tie at Curzon Ashton."

Chester's squad includes a number of other ex-Carlisle players including Simon Grand, George Glendon, Louis Gray and George Waring.