Accrington managing director Rob Heys has revealed Leam Richardson is set to be offered the vacant manager's position at the Fraser Eagle Stadium - providing he does not follow Paul Cook to Chesterfield.
Cook left the club on Thursday night ending his eight-month association with Stanley, 24 hours after compensation was agreed between the two clubs.
His former assistant Richardson has been placed in charge of Saturday's home clash against Bristol Rovers and is set to experience his second stint at the helm having deputised during the departure of John Coleman back in January.
Heys insists the 32-year-old deserves first refusal for his admirable handling of both Coleman and Cook's departures but he is aware that he is also attracting interest from his former mentor with the Spireites.
"I think it would only be fair to Leam to offer him the first opportunity at it," Heys told the Lancashire Telegraph. "He (Cook) has put a lot of things in place here and I hope Leam stays now and can take that on.
"From a selfish point of view you'd like to think he will decide to stay. But he is in caretaker charge and he did a good job as caretaker last time. I think he is more than capable of stepping up to the role, I know he has a lot of affection for the club."