DAVE O’Neill says he will need to build bridges after Eric Whalley’s decision to end his 14-year reign as chairman.
A deal that will see the former cameraman buy the majority of Whalley’s shares is expected to go through this week, following months of speculation.
The long awaited change looked to have hit the buffers over Stanley’s unpaid £300,000 tax bill, but has now been resolved.
Whalley, 68, who saw the Reds achieve three promotions after taking the helm in 1995, is expected to retain a minority holding and a presence at the club.
And this could leave O’Neill, who has not yet been unveiled as chairman, depending on the support of minor shareholders.
He has invited talks with Stanley’s Supporters’ Fund fronted by entrepreneur Ilyas Khan.
Over the past year O’Neill has invested £150,000 into the Reds and, facing monthly repayments of around £27,000, he faces a major challenge to instil some stability.
O’Neill said: "It all seems to have gone a little bit quiet on the Supporters’ Club front and nobody has approached us. "There’s lots of changes that we probably need to implement in order to make progress.
"I have come in and stuck my neck on the line, but I very much need help. We need to bring everybody together around the same table."
The Football League voted earlier in the week to impose a transfer embargo on clubs with tax deficits, but O’Neill said: "It only applies for clubs that are in default. Provided we make all the payments in time there is no embargo."
Defender Phil Edwards and midfielder Andy Procter have joined John Miles and Bobby Grant in signing, while John Coleman hopes to secure Ian Dunbavin, Leam Richardson, Chris King and Chris Turner soon.
With no-one coming in for transfer-listed Paul Mullin yet, Coleman is targeting Darlington frontman Gregg Blundell, Michael Symes and Craig Lindfield as potential striking partners, and he is also talking to Carlisle midfielder Luke Joyce and defender Godwin Antwi.
* THE FA hearing into match betting charges against Stanley’s Peter Cavanagh and Robbie Williams has been scheduled for Monday, 20 July.