Phil Hackney appreciated having his name chanted by the Stanley fans on Saturday – but said he owed them an apology.
Hackney has stepped up from head of youth to be part of the triumvirate which has taken over Stanley in the last two weeks alongside Leam Richardson and Bryan Hughes.
He went into the dugout for the first time as part of the first team set up to oversee Stanley’s victory on Saturday but admitted: "I have never had my name chanted before but I have to apologise to the fans.
"Apparently the fans were singing for me to give them a wave and my apprentices said I was ignorant as I didn’t wave but I honestly didn’t hear."
Hackney is always talked about as one of the most qualified coaches in the business and he also has experience and contacts to his name.
He said: "I do have a lot of badges and I used to be employed part-time by the FA to deliver the courses for the badges in the North West.
"That’s how I got the job here in the first place six years ago, as I was delivering a course to John Coleman."
He has been head of youth since then, watching the likes of Bobby Grant, Peter Murphy and Alan Burton break through into the first team.
Now he has the chance to direct the first team himself and he is loving it.
"It’s a challenge and I am never one to refuse a challenge.
"On the Monday morning just hours before Coley left, one of the players said to me ‘hiya gaffer’ so the banter has been there all along.
"But I took training on Tuesday and everyone was buoyant and bouncing and receptive to new ideas – I¿have enjoyed it so far.
"I live in the same village as Ian Dunbavin and his dad came to my door on the Saturday morning of the Gillingham game and wished me well which was nice – it shows the spirit at the club.
"It is working for the three of us as Leam takes the lead role as caretaker manager, I take the coaching and training and Bryan is out there as a player but gives his input. We are all working together closely."
He continued: "I must admit I was surprised when it all happened.
"I was driving to watch the Centre of Excellence Under 16s at Merseyside when I got a call asking if I would be part of a management team alongside Leam and Bryan.
"I said yes straight away. I am paid by the club to do a job whether it’s the youth team, the reserves or the first team.
"I have a lot of experience and contacts and I am delighted to be part of this for however long it lasts."
He said the three of them are already looking ahead and are trying to make changes at the club.
"We have got a bit of a windfall with the gaffer and Andy Procter’s departure and we are looking to invest it back in the club.
"We need to develop such things as the medical set-up and we are all looking into that at the moment. We need to invest it wisely and take the club forward.
"I am still involved in the youth set-up and we have the likes of striker Marcus Carver and midfielder Ryan Hopper who are coming through at the moment and I still keep tabs on all that.
"But my main focus is the first team at the moment. I am busy but that’s the way I like it."