STANLEY manager John Coleman has admitted he is growing restless at the club's lack of activity in the transfer market, with just six days to go until the window shuts.
Coleman, who returns home with his squad today (Friday) after a short mid-season break in Spain, told the Observer from Stanley's Barcelona base that his phone is never off as he goes in search of acquisitions to strengthen the team "all over the park.''
Two encouraging performances against Mans-field and Carling Cup beaten semi-finalists Wycombe have boosted morale at the Fraser Eagle Stadium and lifted them to 18th in League Two, but the Reds remain perilously positioned, just two points ahead of second-bottom Rochdale.
Stanley have already seen their player-plus-cash bid for York City hitman Clayton Donaldson dismissed, while 20-year-old striking target Carl Finnigan from Premiership club Newcastle has been snapped up by SPL side Falkirk.
But Coleman says the club has "no worries financially'', and he has not yet given up on cashing in on his Anfield connections to land Liverpool reserve midfielder David Mannix, on loan at the FES in November, despite reports linking him with Norwegian club HamKam.
He said: "I've still got to speak to him (Mannix) this week, and I've got one or two targets. But it's been frustrating. People are keeping their options open and it's just like a logjam at the moment.''
Coleman also claimed only time will tell whether Stanley are in a relegation battle, with the lower half of the division so closely packed.
He said: "That will only materialise at the end of the season. We'll still get on with the job of winning games. I'm not concerned about other teams, I'm just worried about ourselves.''
The Reds have been taking in the sights of the Catalonian capital, including a stadium tour around Barcelona's awesome 100,000 capacity Nou Camp.
They have also played a friendly fixture against an Espanyol XI, Barca's less fashionable La Liga rivals.
"We haven't got a game for a couple of weeks and hopefully it will give us a lift. It's important sometimes to do something different,'' said Coleman.
Stanley's next match is at home to Chester City on 3 February, with tomorrow's (Sat) scheduled game against Bristol Rovers postponed because the Pirates are in FA Cup action at Derby.