Stanley chairman: We have faith in boss Richardson

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

ACCRINGTON Stanley chairman Peter Marsden has thrown his support behind boss Leam Richardson after an encouraging performance in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Cheltenham.

Former management duo John Coleman and Jimmy Bell, recently sacked by Rochdale, both opted to attend the game as spectators at a time when the Reds sit in the League Two relegation zone.

But Stanley produced one of their best displays for some time against promotion-chasing Cheltenham, and a scheduled board meeting after the match saw support for Richardson, 33.

Marsden said: “Leam has got a two-year contract and we have every faith that in the long term we have got a great managerial prospect in the game. We are fully supportive of him.

“As fans would want, we would be stupid not to have a plan B or a plan C, but plan A with Leam as long-term manager still remains very much on course.

“I still expect Leam to be here at the start of the next season – we think we have identified a long-term talent as a manager.”

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11:35am Mon 25 Feb 13

stanleyman1 says...

Plan B and Plan C had better not stand for plan Bell and Coleman! The only remarkable achievement that'll be made by getting Coleman back in would be in having a manager that gets two different teams relegated in consecutive seasons. A manager that dumped us after thirteen(ish) years for a local rival in the same division. Coleman is still a man who our town owes much respect for what he did in the past, but understand this: the Coleman fairy tale is over.

Look at the signings Leam's made, Linzangi looked amazing for the last 10-15 mins on Saturday and Beattie answered some of his critics with two well taken goals. Wilson too looks like a cracking left footer with some creavitivity not to mention the beastly figure of Hughes who looks like the best presence we've had in defence since Hessey came over from the Macc. All professionals with hundreds of league starts each. This is a great Stanley team at the minute, it's just a shame that it's been pieced together gradually during the season and we aren't seeing the quality of the squad represented on the league table, which is hardly surprising considering the bunch of youngsters that Cook left in a shambles when he jumped ship. This season is all Paul Cook's fault in my eyes and it'd be a shame to see a good young manager like Richardson facing the chop for trying his best to sort out somebody else's mess.
Plan B and Plan C had better not stand for plan Bell and Coleman! The only remarkable achievement that'll be made by getting Coleman back in would be in having a manager that gets two different teams relegated in consecutive seasons. A manager that dumped us after thirteen(ish) years for a local rival in the same division. Coleman is still a man who our town owes much respect for what he did in the past, but understand this: the Coleman fairy tale is over. Look at the signings Leam's made, Linzangi looked amazing for the last 10-15 mins on Saturday and Beattie answered some of his critics with two well taken goals. Wilson too looks like a cracking left footer with some creavitivity not to mention the beastly figure of Hughes who looks like the best presence we've had in defence since Hessey came over from the Macc. All professionals with hundreds of league starts each. This is a great Stanley team at the minute, it's just a shame that it's been pieced together gradually during the season and we aren't seeing the quality of the squad represented on the league table, which is hardly surprising considering the bunch of youngsters that Cook left in a shambles when he jumped ship. This season is all Paul Cook's fault in my eyes and it'd be a shame to see a good young manager like Richardson facing the chop for trying his best to sort out somebody else's mess. stanleyman1
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3:23pm Mon 25 Feb 13

stanley G says...

very well said no one can fault the effort the players put in on Saturday.I agreed Leam is putting a good team together . come on Hyndburn lets get behind the team and give them the support they deserve on Stanley on
very well said no one can fault the effort the players put in on Saturday.I agreed Leam is putting a good team together . come on Hyndburn lets get behind the team and give them the support they deserve on Stanley on stanley G
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11:24am Tue 26 Feb 13

ChrisAcc says...

Leam is shaping a decent side on our budget,and has addressesd the areas left lacking by Cook.As for Coleman & Bell,thanks for everything,but lets leave Leam and his staff to carry the job on,and build for a brighter future.I am sure Mr Marsden will be true to his word.
Leam is shaping a decent side on our budget,and has addressesd the areas left lacking by Cook.As for Coleman & Bell,thanks for everything,but lets leave Leam and his staff to carry the job on,and build for a brighter future.I am sure Mr Marsden will be true to his word. ChrisAcc
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