Stanley owner Andy Holt has praised his management team as ‘the best in the league’ after they signed new four-year deals this week.

John Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell put pen to paper on contracts which will keep them at the club until 2022, with coach John Doolan signing his deal earlier in the summer.

“It’s another piece of the jigsaw,” said Andy Holt. “It’s about a 20-piece jigsaw and this is a big piece of it and we had to get that nailed down.

“I don’t think there are any better managers in the league, or even in football, who can manage with no money like they do.

“Four years is the biggest deal in Accrington’s history and it is a big sign. They get paid better and everything is in writing which also gives them security.

“I had a number of enquiries at the end of last season asking to speak to them, they are in demand and quite rightly so.

“But anyone who wants them has to pay now.

“The first piece of the jigsaw was always stability at the club and you can’t have stability if you don’t know who your manager will be or if you are frightened of losing your manager.

“I have put on record I wouldn’t sack John, Jimmy and John even if we went down as I couldn’t find any better managers in League One or League Two to replace them so it was a no-brainer.

“If you lose your manager, it’s a lottery of who you would get and now we have put the next building block in place.

“We are improving the facilities at the Wham Stadium, we have moved forward with the training ground, we have got the management on longer contracts and now we need to grow the income so we can compete on and off the field with the clubs around us.”