JOHN Coleman’s sacking at Rochdale has dominated the discussion among Accrington Stanley fans this week, but Reds boss Leam Richardson insists the news has not added any extra pressure to his own quest for results.
Stanley travel to fellow strugglers Plymouth in League Two tomorrow bidding to reverse a run of just one win in 12 matches and avoid being drawn into a relegation battle.
It has been a baptism of fire for Richardson, only three months into his first managerial position, and the sudden availability of former Stanley boss Coleman would seem to be a factor he could do without.
Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell were sacked by Rochdale this week, just short of 12 months since they called time on 13-and-a-half successful years at Stanley to move to Spotland. Coleman was soon replaced by Keith Hill, returning to Rochdale for a second spell after achieving great things in his first period in charge.
Coleman has since admitted that Hill’s presence on the job market, after being sacked by Barnsley last month, had heaped further pressure on his own position at Rochdale .
But Richardson says he cannot afford to worry about a similar situation arising at Stanley.
“All I can concentrate on is myself and results here,” Richardson said. “I put myself under a lot of pressure, personally and professionally, so no-one else can put me under any more pressure than I already put myself under. There are probably 200 managers out of work and another one isn’t going to put any extra pressure on me.”
Richardson feels Coleman deserved more time at Rochdale.
“It was disappointing to hear the news,” he said. “Obviously I worked with John and Jimmy, and I’m good friends with them.
“I’ve spoken to John and he’s disappointed, but he will pick himself up and be back I’m sure.
“Managers need time to do the job and I’m sure had he been give more time he would have done a good job.
“Things don’t happen overnight as a manager and it’s been the same here.
“Eleven months is not long enough. If I said to you in your job that you only have 11 months to get it right, anyone would struggle.”
Richardson has brought Cameron Belford back on another seven-day loan as he still attempts to bag a permanent deal for fellow keeper Paul Rachubka.
Plymouth recently replaced manager Carl Fletcher with John Sheridan and Richardson said: “They’re all big games now. Their new manager will want a result, but we want to go down there and put in a good performance.”