John Coleman insists Rochdale will not risk their financial safety when they look for an immediate return to npower League One next season.

Former Accrington boss Coleman moved to Spotland in January but was unable to halt their slide out of the third tier. Following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield that sealed relegation, chairman Chris Dunphy revealed dropping down a league would cost the club in the region of £500,000 but reassured fans that the long-term future of the club is secure.

"The club's always been prudently run and I don't think they're going to risk the long-term future of the club," Coleman told BBC Late Kick-Off North West.

"Football is littered with teams who speculate to accumulate with money that they haven't got.

"You see administration on a yearly basis, teams getting docked points and it's unfair. It's immoral.

"That was one of the things we prided ourselves on at Accrington, that we never went down that road."