Date: 19th September 2014 at 7:47pm
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Accrington Stanley have announced John Coleman as our new manager – for the second time.

The 51 year old returns to us, along with assistant Jimmy Bell, and having been charge between 1999 and 2012, leading us back to the Football League, they will no doubt be hoping to have similar success and this time maybe kick us on a division higher as time progresses.

Both have signed rolling contracts with the club.

Speaking to the Official Site Coleman said on news of his re-arrival.

‘We hope this is going to be an exciting time for the players, staff and supporters. It’s certainly an exciting time for me and Jimmy. We’ve never really stopped supporting the club since we left, we’ve seen a lot of games and we can’t wait to work with this group of players.’

Coleman goes on to say that it’s been no secret that he wanted to get back into managerial life in the Football League and obviously a job like Accrington, with his history here, ticks two boxes.

Chairman Peter Marsden said himself of the appointments.

‘I would like to welcome back the on pitch architects of the modern day Accrington Stanley, John Coleman and Jimmy Bell, who helped turn Eric’s dream into a reality. John and Jimmy’s passion and enthusiasm are legendary. I feel ‘passion’ is something we have missed on and off the pitch for quite a while. Arguably in our quest to become more ‘professional’ (perhaps out of a misplaced sense of inferiority because of our non league roots) we have lost that indefinable essence to what Stanley is all about.’

Marsden foes on to say that getting that feel good factor back in now key because he’s made no secret of wanting and needing the attendances to go up to around the 2000 mark, and although he knows it will take time, he believes the returning duo can help achieve it.

He also goes on to thank Paul Stephenson for him being ‘an absolute rock and behaving in a very dignified manner at the change in management’ and he goes on to say that he’s still a very integral part of our plans and the set up and he believes he will work very well with John and Jimmy.