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INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to Harrogate clash

Two EFL longest-serving managers meet

25 December 2023


INTERVIEW: Coley looks ahead to Harrogate clash

Two EFL longest-serving managers meet

25 December 2023

Accrington Stanley travel to Harrogate Town on Boxing Day in the clash of the EFL’s two longest-serving managers.

Simon Weaver has been in charge of Town since 2009 and they currently sit in 14th place in League Two, having won their last two games against Notts County and Grimsby.

They are four points behind eighth-placed Stanley with a game in hand.

In his second spell with Stanley, John Coleman has been the manager at the Wham Stadium since 2014 and, lying just outside the Play-Off places, the Reds are eager to build on their Saturday win over Walsall.

"We have a raft of games but now the only game we will focus on is Boxing Day," said Coleman.

"We will train on Christmas Day and we will do our due diligence on Harrogate.

"It's good that we (Simon and I) have been going so long, we are bucking the trend.

"I dread to think what the lifetime is of a League Two manager today.

"In order to do that you have to have people who will give you the time and I have had it in two incarnations now in my time here in Eric Whalley and after that Ilyas Khan, Dave O'Neill and Peter Marsden.

"They believed what I will do and that I will always put the club first.

"We were then fortunate to get Andy Holt in and the same process goes on, everything is done for the best of the club.

"Not everyone has been fortunate to have owners I have over the years, that's the secret of longevity more than how good you are as a manager, how patient your owners are."

Coleman admitted he was boosted with the win over the Saddlers, despite the number of injuries Stanley have, with five Academy players featuring on Saturday.

"When you are working with players who are willing to give you everything you have got it's great.

"Tiredness is a state of mind. If you believe you are tired you act tired, we are not going to believe we are tired.

"The best feeling for giving you energy for wanting to play games is winning. You can't beat it and we have a little bit in the tank after Walsall. Whatever we go with, we know we can trust them."

The full pre-match interview video with John Coleman is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!

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