Accrington Stanley

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2022/2023

Accrington Stanley

In


Louis Hood (Goalkeeper, youth); Lukas Jensen (Goalkeeper, Burnley, Season-long loan); Connor O’Brien (Defender, youth); Ryan Astley (Defender, Everton, Season-long loan); Mo Sangare (Midfielder, Newcastle United); Shaun Whalley (Midfielder, Shrewsbury Town); Matthew Lowe (Attacker, Brackley Town)

Out


Ross Sykes (r) (Defender, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise); Stephen Sama (Defender, released); Yeboah Amankwah (r) (Defender, Manchester City, Loan ended); John O’Sullivan (sp) (Midfielder, Bohemians); Marcel Lewis (Midfielder, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, Loan ended); Matt Butcher (r) (Midfielder, Plymouth Argyle); Colby Bishop (k) (Attacker, Portsmouth); Joel Mumbongo (Attacker, Burnley, Loan ended); Lewis Mansell (Attacker, released)

Keeping hold of his best players has always been one of manager John Coleman’s greatest challenges, especially during the close season and this summer has been no different. The man in demand has been striker and last season’s leading goalscorer Colby Bishop, and his half-a-million pound move to Portsmouth is likely be significant in the fortunes of the Reds this season. He is most notable of a trio of departures, with the other two expected. Midfielder Matt Butcher has joined League One rivals Plymouth Argyle after rejecting a new deal whilst centre-back Ross Sykes has opted for a move to Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise. Coleman will be pleased to have tied down promising midfielders Liam Coyle and Tommy Leigh on improved longer terms deals whilst their most creative outlet Sean McConville has extended his stay for another two years. The new arrivals are all young players with potential, with perhaps striker Matt Lowe the most exciting of those after a stellar season with National League North side Brackley Town. The one signing with EFL pedigree is midfielder Shaun Whalley, who returns after a successful spell with Shrewsbury Town. Owner Andy Holt has ensured the club are now financially stable whilst Coleman has established them in League One and it has given them the platform to challenge much bigger clubs. Coleman will be hoping to use some of money received for Bishop to find a replacement, otherwise their aims with be comparatively modest this season.

Target


Mid-table. Without Bishop leading the attack the best they can hope for is another comfortable season in the middle of the pack.

Season Review
2020/2021

№11: Accrington Stanley

One of the clubs most adversely affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic were Accrington Stanley, who will feel like the season was a missed opportunity to claim a play-off place. With the stability provided by manager John Coleman and owner Andy Holt, they made a steady start to life in League 1 before being hit by Covid-19. The virus affected several members of the first team squad and back-room staff and they were unable to recover form on returning to action in the winter. They played just 16 league matches before the turn of the year and were unable to find any consistency as injuries continued to bite. They thrashed relegated Bristol Rovers 6-1 but were then thrashed 7-0 at promoted Peterborough United. Those results rather sum up their season. Colby Bishop and Dion Charles formed one of the most lethal strike partnerships in the division, bagging 32 goals, with Sean McConville enjoying another productive season despite being interrupted by injury. Seamus Connelly played an integral role in the middle of the park and his influence was missed the latter part of the season. Coleman has described this season as a step in the right direction, with his side evolving and improving. With hopes of returning to normality next season, a concerted play-off challenge looks to be well within their grasp.


Player of the Season: Dion Charles

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