Richardson to discuss Stanley future

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Leam Richardson will discus since Accrington future
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Leam Richardson will discus since Accrington future

Leam Richardson will talk over his future with Accrington chairman Peter Marsden this week after a winning start to his caretaker role.

It is the second time the 32-year-old has stepped into the hot seat, the last time in January and this time following Paul Cook's departure to Chesterfield on Thursday.

The crowd made their feelings known to the former Bolton and Blackburn defender by chanting Richardson's name during their 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers, but Cook is said to want his former assistant at the Proact Stadium.

"The full concentration since Thursday has been this game but I will talk to the chairman and managing director over the next few days," said Richardson. "It is always disappointing to lose a manager but I have learnt a lot in the nine months with him and it's a loss to us and Chesterfield's gain.

"But all the focus has been on this game and we bossed it, the lads stuck together and showed a great work ethic and I am sure Bristol Rovers can't argue with the result.

"I cannot thank the lads enough and, after four defeats, it great that 'keeper Ian Dunbavin has got a clean sheet and Podge (Padraig Amond) has got on the scoresheet. All the lads were hungry and showed a great appetite for the game. It's a great learning curve for me and a great experience and we will see what happens next."

The clash looked like it would peter out into a goalless draw until, with 11 minutes remaining, Luke Joyce found Rommy Boco on the left and Amond got in front of the visiting defence to fire home his seventh goal of the season.

Rovers boss Mark McGhee pulled no punches after the loss.

He said: "We were well beaten. I do not think we have played a game this season where the opposition have had so much of the ball. We just never got into the game and I have complaints - I was standing on the touchline and the goal was inevitable.

"We did not compete well enough, we did not stop them from playing and we were on the back foot for most of the game. Their goal was coming."

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