Stanley boss: Coleman's sacking doesn't increase pressure

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

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.”

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5:16pm Fri 25 Jan 13

stanleyman1 says...

I really will not be happy if we got Coleman back at all. Especially not if it costs us Leam's services. Coley had his chance and did great things for us, but he and Jimmy left making it clear they felt above the club. Now we've moved on let's not go back. It will cost Stanley at least one fan if this were to actually happen. It would be the beginning of the end.
I really will not be happy if we got Coleman back at all. Especially not if it costs us Leam's services. Coley had his chance and did great things for us, but he and Jimmy left making it clear they felt above the club. Now we've moved on let's not go back. It will cost Stanley at least one fan if this were to actually happen. It would be the beginning of the end. stanleyman1
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12:26pm Sat 26 Jan 13

outbackozzy says...

stanleyman1 wrote:
I really will not be happy if we got Coleman back at all. Especially not if it costs us Leam's services. Coley had his chance and did great things for us, but he and Jimmy left making it clear they felt above the club. Now we've moved on let's not go back. It will cost Stanley at least one fan if this were to actually happen. It would be the beginning of the end.
That really is the most silly thing I have heard a Stanley fan say. Does this mean that Rochdale are going to lose fans because Keith Hill is back. I doubt it. No-one at Stanley has stated they are looking to John and Jimmy to return. And even if they did, why would you not go to the matches? Any die-hard Stanley fan would say fine, lets get on with it and support the team regardless of who is in charge. It would not be the beginning of the end, that happened in 1962 and nearly again in 2008. I doubt that will ever happen again. If the worst comes to te worst and Stanley are relegated this season, what then? If you are a true supporter, then you would follow the club through thick and thin. I would love to be able to watch Stanley week in, week out, however, shifts and other things preclude me from doing so, but I get when I can and regardless of the scores or the position in the league, I will carry on supporting Stanley as I have since 1986 and prior to 1962.
[quote][p][bold]stanleyman1[/bold] wrote: I really will not be happy if we got Coleman back at all. Especially not if it costs us Leam's services. Coley had his chance and did great things for us, but he and Jimmy left making it clear they felt above the club. Now we've moved on let's not go back. It will cost Stanley at least one fan if this were to actually happen. It would be the beginning of the end.[/p][/quote]That really is the most silly thing I have heard a Stanley fan say. Does this mean that Rochdale are going to lose fans because Keith Hill is back. I doubt it. No-one at Stanley has stated they are looking to John and Jimmy to return. And even if they did, why would you not go to the matches? Any die-hard Stanley fan would say fine, lets get on with it and support the team regardless of who is in charge. It would not be the beginning of the end, that happened in 1962 and nearly again in 2008. I doubt that will ever happen again. If the worst comes to te worst and Stanley are relegated this season, what then? If you are a true supporter, then you would follow the club through thick and thin. I would love to be able to watch Stanley week in, week out, however, shifts and other things preclude me from doing so, but I get when I can and regardless of the scores or the position in the league, I will carry on supporting Stanley as I have since 1986 and prior to 1962. outbackozzy
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