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Accrington managers pen new deals

John Coleman
Coleman has overseen Accrington's rise from the Northern Premier League.

Accrington manager John Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell have both agreed new deals which will keep them at the Fraser Eagle Stadium for another year.

The pair, who have been with the League Two side for a decade, will sign 12-month rolling contracts next week.

"I've always loved being at Accrington Stanley and never wanted to go anywhere else," said Coleman.

"We've enjoyed some good success but I have always been of the opinion that there is still so much we can do here."

Coleman, who is the country's longest serving manager behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, joined Accrington in 1999, guiding their return to the Football League in 2006.

I am looking to keep a lot of the squad together from this season with one or two key additions

Accrington manager John Coleman

The 46-year-old also enjoyed an impressive playing career with a number of clubs in the North West, including Burscough, Southport and Morecambe.

"You look at our results this season and if we had got what we arguably deserved from some of those games we would have been much higher up the table," said Coleman.

"I am looking to keep a lot of the squad together from this season with one or two key additions and we are already looking forward to the challenge of next season."

Stanley chief executive Rob Heys added: "It is great to have agreed a new deal with John and Jimmy.

"Their commitment to the club has always been unquestionable and we look forward to working together in the future to keep the club moving forward both on and off the field."

Meanwhile, the club have also confirmed covered seating capacity has increased to more than 2,000.



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