ACCRINGTON Stanley could face a battle to keep hold of their manager if Chester City approach John Coleman.
City manager Mark Wright is thought to be wanted by Tranmere Rovers - and it is believed Chester may be looking at the Stanley chief.
City chairman Steve Vaughan has quashed rumours linking Wright with Tranmere, saying: "I am going to do all I can to keep him here."
However it is thought if Wright does replace the sacked Ray Mathias at Prenton Park, then Coleman may be a target.
"Chester haven't been in touch," said Reds chairman Eric Whalley. "But it wouldn't surprise me. If they do we will have to speak to the manager."
There seems to be something of a managerial merry-go-round at the moment, with Saturday's opponents Northwich Victoria under a new boss. Alvin McDonald has left Vauxhall Motors to take over at the Vics after former Burnley player Steve Davis stepped down. Northwich are currently in the relegation zone following six losses in their last seven games.
"I know Alvin and he will know what we are all about," said Coleman, who didn't want to comment on any mangerial speculation. "A new manager could give them a gee-up but it is all about how we play."
Northwich play at Witton Albion - a ground which has fond memories for Coleman. He said: "I played there to open the new stadium so it will be good to go back."
Then Stanley will make the short trip to Halifax on Tuesday after Town were boosted by their 2-1 win over Forest Green on Saturday following a string of poor results.
"Hopefully, this is the start of our season," said boss Chris Wilder. "It is easy when things are going for you and the passes are flowing but we have not been playing with any confidence."
Coleman admitted: "Halifax have been hot and cold. They have some good players like Lee Elam who is hard to play against on his day. They had high hopes of being up there but it hasn't materialised. They set off well and have fallen away a bit. We didn't start too well ourselves but are now on a bit of a run. It should be a good game."
Despite an unbeaten run of seven games which has propelled Stanley up to eighth place in the Conference, boss Coleman missed out on the September Manager of the Month award which went to Barnet's Martin Allen.
"I am not bothered. It is the players who deserve the plaudits. I am not the one who clears off the line or scores the goals."
But he could be as he and assistant Jimmy Bell have signed on again as players "just in case". The boss said: "It's just to give us a bit of cover, especially for the long away trips, when we don't take as many players. But I wouldn't mind having a go when you look at some of the defences!"
Coleman thinks defender Jonathan Smith will be fine for Saturday despite having treatment for neck spasms, Andy Procter is suspended while Dean Calcutt is still a few weeks off.
- FORMER Stanley player Mike Marsh has stepped down as manager of Burscough while ex-Bury boss Mike Walsh has parted company with Southport.