Rochdale’s Keith Hill blasted his own fans after their 4-0 home defeat against Barnsley last night, demanding if they want him out that they take it up with the chairman.
Hill was incensed after the crowd turned on him and the players during the Tykes big win, which leaves Dale 18th with four points from four games.
“If you are going to beat us with a stick, just phone the chairman and say you don’t want Keith Hill to be the manager,” he told BBC Radio Manchester. “That will be okay, I’ve got no problem with that whatsoever. I’m sure they would sack me.”
Kieffer Moore bagged a hat trick as recently-relegated Barnsley ran riot, but it was the behaviour of his fans and not the players which had Hill ranting after the game.
“Try to support the players, try to support the football club,” Hill said. “When Harrison is taking a free-kick … and he gets them wrong and then there is a cheer when he is not taking it, that sort of thing really does wind me up. It’s our fifth season is succession in League One and we have got to be supporting the players better than that.”
49-year old Hill has managed Rochdale twice, first stepping up in 2006. He earned them their first promotion in 36 years before moving to Barnsley, but he came back in 2013 where he again earned them a promotion to League One.
It would be beyond harsh to sack Hill, his side are punching well above their weight and have been for some time now.
His outburst isn’t undue either, if the fans are failing to appreciate they’re getting beaten by teams with much bigger budgets, then it must be very frustrating. Football fans can be very fickle and Rochdale could be a League Two side were it not for their final day escape.
Perhaps there’s a fear that is exactly where their heading, hence the tense atmosphere.