Accrington chief executive Rob Heys insists the club are in no rush to appoint a successor to departed manager John Coleman despite receiving a raft of applications.

Coleman ended a 13-year association with Stanley to take up the vacant post at Rochdale last week, while caretaker boss Leam Richardson enjoyed a 4-3 win over Gillingham in his first game at the helm alongside assistants Bryan Hughes and Phil Hackney.

"We're not making any rash decisions at all, we're going to take our time," Heys told Accrington's official website.

"We've had probably 60 or 70 applications, some of which have been very good and some are a little bit sillier but that's all part of the fun.

"The idea is really to take our time. The lads are happy as a squad and Leam, Bryan and Phil are doing a fantastic job. So we'll take our time and make sure that we make the right decision."

Heys added that the calibre of candidates to put themselves forward for the Crown Ground vacancy is of a high standard.

"There's some good names in there and some very experienced people, as well as some who are perhaps less so but probably deserve to be given a chance," he said.