Accrington have given Rochdale permission to speak to manager John Coleman about the vacant managerial position at Spotland
Dale are looking for a successor to Steve Eyre, who was sacked in December following a poor run of results.
Caretaker boss Chris Beech has not fared any better, failing to win any of the six matches he has presided over.
A statement on Rochdale’s official website read: “Rochdale Football Club can confirm that Accrington Stanley have given their permission for Rochdale AFC officials to speak to their manager John Coleman regarding the vacant managerial position at Spotland.”
Coleman has been at Accrington for 13 years, making him one of the longest-serving mangers in English football.
Accrington chief executive Rob Heys said: “It must be stressed that this is a very early point of a process.
“We will always be absolutely fair to John and Jimmy (Bell, Coleman’s assistant), who have given their all to our club.”