Stanley chief executive Rob Heys admits that they may struggle to keep hold of their star players the longer the ownership wrangle goes on.
The three parties – former chairman Eric Whalley, current chairman Ilyas Khan and managing director Dave O’Neill – are close to agreeing a deal which will see a new share issue with Khan funding the club short-term once the ownership issue is settled.
But there have been a few setbacks over the last week.
"It’s really frustrating as we have come close to completing the deal twice but then one of the parties has wanted it tweaked and changed," said Heys. "They are not massive changes but enough to hold up the deal.
"All are keen to come to an agreement and now it’s got to be soon, ideally this week, for the good of the club.
"We are spinning plates at the moment as we haven’t paid the full wages for last month, the tax man wants paying this month as do the creditors from the day-to-day running of the club – the coach people, the breweries, the programme makers and the training ground owners. A lot of these are local businesses who need the money just as much as we do.
"I can only say so many times how fantastic the players and staff have been in keeping the club going as we juggle things around but we are running out of pots to find money from.
"It is so frustrating as on the pitch the players are fantastic.
"They haven’t let it stop them but we do now run the risk of losing our star players if we can’t offer them new deals soon. Whether we go up or not, we have a superb squad here and John Coleman and Jimmy Bell will want to keep them together and I am sure the fans do too.
"And we also want to start planning for next season.
"We want to start selling season tickets and putting together the sponsorship packages for next year, we are ready to go with all of it, but until the ownership issue is sorted out it is difficult.
"We can’t keep spinning these plates indefinitely."