JOHN Coleman says he is not 'slagging off' fans when he appeals for more supporters - he is just desperate to get more people through the turnstiles so he can continue taking Accrington onwards and upwards.
The club have expressed their disappointment after 2,667 watched their first home game back in the Football League against Darlington and 1,639 watched Saturday's win over Barnet - they had hoped for capacity crowds of almost 4,500.
"It amazes me the way people react when we try and drum up support," said the Reds boss. "We are not slagging supporters off - we just want them to come and we are just stating a fact.
"We don't want people to take umbrage just like I don't take umbrage when people are criticising me in my job. We want to get more players into the club who can improve us but the only way we can do that is from money through the gates.
"People talk about Bury and Rochdale having low support but they haven't been pulling up trees in recent years. They have been battling to survive in the league and we don't want to do that. We are ambitious and we are not in it just to survive.
"We want to keep improving and if the town does want a professional football club who can keep trying to climb the leagues, then we need the support."
The club are looking to make some incentives to attract more fans with a special family ticket to be announced ahead of the Rochdale clash a week Saturday.
Chairman Eric Whalley said: "We are always looking at new ways of attracting people to get involved and support the club.
"We want the people of Accrington to be proud of their football club, unfortunately the area does have its problems, but Stanley is one of the town's true success stories. We want as many people as possible to join us, experience what we have created over the last few years and hopefully the journey will continue well into the future."
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