ACCRINGTON Stanley have placed senior player Leam Richardson in caretaker charge following the departure of John Coleman and Jimmy Bell to Rochdale.

First-team coach Mark Patterson, goalkeeping coach Billy Stewart and physio Joe Hinnigan have been placed on gardening leave, with Richardson put in temporary charge ahead of Saturday's home game against Gillingham.

The 32-year-old will be assisted by fellow professional Bryan Hughes and head of youth Phil Hackney.