Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt is full of praise for boss John Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell after they signed new two-year rolling contracts.

Coleman and Bell have been at Stanley since 1999 when the Reds were in the UniBond First Division  – apart from the two years between 2011-13 when they managed at Rochdale, Southport and Sligo.

The pair earned promotion with Stanley to the UniBond Premier Division and then the Conference before overseeing Stanley’s return to the Football League in 2006, 44 years since Accrington’s resignation in 1962.

Last year, the pair guided Stanley to their highest finish since the club’s reformation in 1968 as they finished fourth in League Two and missed out on automatic promotion by one goal.

The duo had been on a one-year rolling contracts since they returned in 2013 but Holt decided to increase the deals.

“While John and Jimmy hadn’t signed a new deal, it was done on a handshake, I felt like it was time to make it more formal as we have been asking players to do,” said Holt, who took over the majority shareholding in the club in October 2015.

“They weren’t going anywhere but we decided to lead by example by giving them a firm offer and putting pen to paper on new deals.

“I am really pleased they are here, they are synonymous with Accrington, and it gives them a bit of security and it means they can plan for the future and they can take the club forward on a firm footing.

“I wouldn’t swap them for any other managers. The club has been superb on the field and is moving forward off the field now with all the improvements at the Wham Stadium. They have both had insecurities at the club in the past but now we are all pulling together for a bright future for Accrington Stanley. ”