‘Sad day for the football club’ – Rochdale fans react to Keith Hill sacking

Rochdale have sacked manager Keith Hill after six years in charge of the struggling League One club.

Hill returned for his second stint as manager in January 2013 after initially being at the club for four and a half years between 2006 and 2011. He managed Barnsley between the two spells.

Widely regarded as the most successful manager in the clubs history, Hill won two hundred and thirty-five of the five hundred and seventy matches he took charge in his two spells at the club. He achieved two out of the three promotions in Rochdale’s history, the last coming from League Two in 2014. He also guided Dale to three top ten finishes in League One and famously beat the drop last season, but they have not won since Boxing Day and have lost their last five matches. They currently sit twenty-second in the table, five points from safety.

The club has also sacked assistant manager Chris Beech after twelve years at Spotland.

The club statement said  ‘It has been the most difficult decision that the board has had to make, but it is felt that, due to results on the pitch, a new direction is needed.’

‘We believe the next five games against opposition in and around us represents a great opportunity to try and retain our League One status, which is why this action has been taken now.’

Brian Barry Murphy and Tony Ellis will take training this week ahead of this Saturday’s home game against Shrewsbury Town.

Dale fans soon took to Twitter to react to the news of Hill’s departure, and a split in opinion is apparent amongst supporters on the wisdom of the board’s decision. However, the majority felt relegation was now a certainty. Here is a selection of their responses.

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Far to late to much rhetoric keep of the back pages of the Observer, brought in the wrong player having said we must remember we are in division four club and will be for some time to come.
    Ego’s do not win football matches everyone thought it could not get any worse it did we are a poor team void of a forward line, building the hopes of Academy players which Hill did nothing to inspire the fans youth team football comes to mind Mr Hill.
    Need to look to Bowyer to lead the club forward out of work I believe the fans have suffered enough hope Mr Hill does the honourable thing and does not take the wages with regard to his contract not deserved Poor, Poor, Poor.

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