Stanley to turn professional
Accrington Stanley have confirmed that they will go full-time this summer.
The former Football League club will report back for pre-season training in July as a fully professional club.
They will become the 13th Conference club to take on full-time status, unless they have clinched promotion to the Third Division by then.
"Hopefully it will help us to progress up the leagues," said Reds' chairman Eric Whalley.
"If you look at the Conference there are virtually two leagues.
If you are going to do it you have got to do it properly, so everybody goes full-time
"There is the top-half who, bar Aldershot and ourselves, are full-time and the bottom-half who are all part-time.
"I'm not saying you can't get promoted, and hopefully Aldershot and ourselves will get into the play-offs as part-time teams, but it is harder.
"It's a lot easier if you've got the players under your wing during the day," Whalley told Radio Lancashire.
Accrington are currently in negotiations for a site to use as a new training ground.
"I will be speaking to the players over the next month," said manager John Coleman.
"I believe that if you are going to do it you have got to do it properly, so everybody goes full-time including me and the whole staff.
"I believe it is the way forward, especially coaching-wise," added Coleman, who will give up his job as a primary school teacher.
In the meantime, Stanley are continuing their promotion challenge with Tuesday's 3-0 win over Tamworth taking them to within three points of the play-off zone.
And Whalley confirmed that Coleman is set to further strengthen his squad over the next couple of weeks.