Accrington manager John Coleman says he would allow assistant Jimmy Bell (pictured during his previous spell with the club) to speak to Port Vale about the vacant manager’s position.
Bell has emerged as one of the bookies’ favourites for the role and Coleman told the Lancashire Telegraph: “He’s a very good coach and he’s worked hard to achieve the level of competency that he’s got, and I would regard him as one of the best coaches around at the moment.
“Possibly because you don’t get lauded as being a coach people can have different perceptions of you, but anyone who’s worked under us and has worked with us a long time will see how much Jimmy’s developed as a coach, and his tactical thinking as well.
“It comes as no surprise to me that he’s linked [with the Vale role] because he’s a very good football person.
As well as being my assistant he’s my best mate. We were best mates before we went into management, so you treat your best friends only with respect, so if he wanted to have the conversation, I wouldn’t be stopping him having the conversation with Port Vale, that’s for sure.”