AFC Wimbledon caretaker boss Simon Bassey expects a permanent manager to be in place by the end of next week, but believes the chances of it being him were hit as Accrington left Kingsmeadow with a 2-1 victory.
The visitors raced into a comfortable lead thanks to goals from Padraig Amond and Peter Murphy in each half. Although Sammy Moore struck in injury time it was not enough for the Dons to get anything from the game.
"The players have been sticking together, they're paid by AFC Wimbledon and not by a certain manager," said Bassey. "I don't think there's any problems with the attitude of the players. The result hasn't gone our way but they're a good, honest group and they'll move on from this."
He added: "I haven't been involved in the new management process. I've been asked to apply, which I did. As a group we'll just keep going and stick together. But against Accrington I felt we lost our way and we switched at a set piece.
"I haven't had any updates on the permanent position but I think the next manager will be in place by the end of next week. I'm employed by Wimbledon and I'll continue to give my all for this club until they tell me otherwise.
"I'd rate my chances worse than they were before the game, but that's football."
Amond followed up Will Hatfield's shot to put Accrington ahead after 25 minutes, his fifth goal of the season, before Murphy doubled Stanley's lead with just 12 minutes to go, his third in four games. Moore tapped home from six yards in injury time to give the home side some hope but it was too little, too late.
Accrington assistant manager Leam Richardson said: "In our league we just have to stay in the game and have good habits, believe in what the manager and myself are saying. And when you do that you grow in confidence with wins. And here was no surprise, we expected to come here and win.
"It's not an easy place to come. They always have a good tempo in the game and obviously have a hunger to win with everything that's gone on and it was up to us to match them, especially for the first hour and hopefully our quality would come through in the end - which it did."