Accrington Stanley Manager John Coleman and his assistant Jimmy Bell have agreed new deals which will keep them at the club until 2015.

The duo took over at the Crown Ground way back in 1999, making Coleman longest serving Manager in the Football League and third only to Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

The Liverpudlians have been rewarded for Stanley's excellent start to the season, which has seen them lose just one of their opening 10 league games, leaving them in sixth place.

They have won three times so far, with the most recent the 7-4 home win over Gillingham last weekend.

The contracts will be signed when Coleman returns from collecting his UEFA Pro Licence in Ireland.

Speaking to the Club's official website www.accringtonstanley.co.uk Chief Executive Rob Heys said: "We are delighted to have secured the services of John and Jimmy on this new long term deal.

"If we are honest it has taken too long to resolve, and for that we apologise. The stories of interest from Lincoln have admittedly had an impact on this being brought to a conclusion, although I didn't really regard them as a threat, they are a good club and the people at Lincoln are great, but they aren't all that much bigger than us and are playing in the same division. That said with John and Jimmy's track record of success here it is only a matter of time before there is serious interest from a larger side.

"There have been ups and downs on both sides over the last ten years or so, however we have been together through the good times and the bad times and come out the other side all the better for it. They have done fantastic things here at Accrington Stanley and the most exciting thing is that we firmly believe there is more to come."

The duo took over with the club in the Northern Premier Division and won the title at the end of the 1999/00 season. They then won the Northern Premier League in 2002/03 before winning the Conference title in 2005/06 to take Stanley into the Football League.

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