John Coleman thinks it takes a certain type of person to succeed with Stanley and believes he has the right players, and people, around him to help the club progress.

The Reds are 19th in League Two ahead of Saturday’s trip to Portsmouth and have climbed four points from the bottom two.

Loan players Harvey Rodgers, Jonny Edwards, Marek Rodak, Sean Clare and Noor Husin all arrived in January to bolster the squad and the manager thinks they’ve adapted well.

“You’ve got to have a love of football,” he explained. “If you’re coming here for the salubrious surroundings you’re not going to get it are you? That’ll be a culture shock. You might be scratching your head and wondering how this is a Football League operation but we do the best that we can.

“The one thing is that things are getting better by the month. I’ve been here a long time, since 1999 with a hiatus in between, but I would say there wouldn’t be a better time in Accrington Stanley’s history to be part of the club than now.

“The whole infrastructure is improved. I can’t comment on the Walter Galbraith days but I’ve heard they were fantastic. Now it’s about the infrastructure and getting things up to speed. We’ve been playing catch up for years. Getting up to speed is just to be on a level playing field with the other teams. Everyone knows my ambitions are high and I want to get promoted but I’d also like to see the club infrastructure match that of our counterparts. You have to give it to the owner, he’s doing his utmost to do that.”

With a host of big clubs in the fourth tier comparisons are inevitable but Coley thinks Stanley should think about what they have rather than what they don’t.

“I know this club warts and all and I know what a fantastic club it is,” he continued. “People talk about using unorthodox methods but you have to go with the flow, make the best of what you’ve got and get the most out of your players with what you’ve got.

“We haven’t got a multi million pound, all singing and dancing training complex. We haven’t got a state of the art stadium. What we have got is a load of passion and a load of pride. We’ve got a lot of people involved at the club who want to do well and want to improve and are football people at heart. I think that’s probably more important.”

But despite all the reason for optimism, results remain the most important thing.

Coleman is determined that his players focus on the job in hand, which remains to avoid danger at the foot of the table.

“What’s the point in improving if you’re going to lose your league status?” he concluded. “The Conference is littered with clubs who were too good to go down so I’m not thinking that for a second. I know it’s going to be a tough run in but I know we are equipped with good tools.

“We thought that winning at Crewe would be the watershed and that wasn’t. I’ve said it a lot, we have played a lot better than our league position suggests and I think plenty of managers in League Two would concur with that. We know that it’s a results business and we have got to do things to get results.”