Paul Cook is urging everyone connected with Stanley to stick together – as the future is bright.
Cook is remaining positive around the Crown Ground although the 14th placed Reds have slipped eight points away from the League Two play-off zone following four defeats – three with him as the new boss.
But, on the 50th anniversary of Stanley’s resignation from the Football League in 1962, he knows where the club has come from and is asking the supporters to help the club through this tricky spell.
Ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Port Vale, he said: "It is massively important that the fans get behind us now. Everyone around the club knows what I am trying to do – I am trying to bring open, attractive football to the club.
"The pitch isn’t conducive to it at the moment so we are restricted but it’s all about working hard towards the future and we will be fine."
Cook has had a free week to work with the squad following last Saturday’s 2-0 loss to table topping Swindon but is battling an injury crisis.
Captain Dean Winnard (ankle) is the latest to be added to the Crown Ground casualty list along with Bryan Hughes (hamstring). Sean Hessey is still battling his hamstring injury while Ian Craney is not fully fit after his ankle problems.
"Those are big players to have out but I am not one to make excuses. Any 11 that takes to that pitch I will back to the hilt.
"It’s a blow losing Dean as he is a fantastic player and Bryan as well but we have to deal with it.
"Players are playing for the right to be here next season so we need them to take on board what we are asking."
Cook was on the hunt in the loan market but is restricted due to only being allowed five loan players in a matchday squad.
The club has loan players in Michael Smith and Micah Evans until the end of the season while defender Toto Nsiala and winger Jamie Devitt are on monthly deals. Cook added goalkeeper Lee Nicholls (Wigan) and defender Michael Liddle (Sunderland) to his squad last week ahead of the Robins clash. Padraig Amond’s is an international loan so his doesn’t count towards the five.
"You just can’t keep adding as you are only allowed five loan players in a squad, so we have got to be patient and identify what we need and they have to be of the right quality to bring in," said Cook.
"But we are looking due to the injuries and the loss of players such as captain Andy Procter."
The new Reds boss has certainly not stopped working since he took over the hotseat in mid-February.
"I went to Shrewsbury on Monday and then Port Vale on Tuesday and I am taking in as many games as I can to get used to this league and the players," he continued. "Port Vale are a strong powerful team and have a good striker in Marc Richards. We are going to have to be at our best but it’s important to win your home games – we know that.
"We conceded two early goals against Plymouth in our last home match and we have got to learn from that and keep it tight."
While focusing on the immediate games, Cook is also trying to put his stamp on the club off the field.
"We do have a long-term plan that we have got to keep sight of," he said. "We want to look forward, to go in the right direction, we want to change our club, implement an infrastructure, maintain what we are doing on the pitch and work in the community.
"It won’t happen overnight. John (Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) did really well for the club and brought a lot of success and we want to continue this.
"We want people to smile when they come into the stadium but it will take time. The injuries we have mean we are having to use kids and it might get worse before it gets better but I am well prepared for that."
The team of 1962 – many meeting tomorrow for the first time since the club resigned from the Football League due to financial problems – are watching the Port Vale clash to mark the 50th anniversary.
It took 44 years for a reborn Accrington Stanley to return to League Two and it’s perhaps ironic it is the Valiants who are facing financial problems of their own at the moment.
"It’s fantastic that Accrington Stanley are a league club again," said Cook. "That’s great testament to people like Eric Whalley and John Coleman previously and Ilyas Khan and Rob Heys at the moment.
"It shows how far we have come in that we are competing with Swindon and Port Vale now trying to get out of this league and it’s important we all keep together and never forget where we have come from."