‘100% the right decision’ – Rochdale fans happy with Brian Barry-Murphy appointment

Rochdale have appointed caretaker boss Brian Barry-Murphy as their permanent manager.

The forty-year-old Irishman has signed a two-year contract.

He was put in temporary charge following the dismissal of Keith Hill and Chris Beech in March and has secured an impressive eight points from an available 12 while at the helm, with the team having won two and drawn two under his management.

Barry-Murphy initially joined Dale as a player in 2010 after making almost two hundred and fifty appearances for local rivals Bury. He has been part of the coaching staff at Spotland since the 2013/14 season.

In a statement on the club’s website, chairman Andrew Kilpatrick said he was confident he had the right man for the job and added the players were fully behind the appointment.

The statement also said; ‘This appointment is singularly well-merited and, we hope, ushers in a new and exciting chapter for Rochdale AFC.’

‘We have seven vital games remaining this season. I hope that everyone will get behind Brian and the team, giving them our full support for the rest of the campaign and beyond.’

The majority of Rochdale fans seemed delighted that Barry-Murphy had been given his chance and soon took to Twitter to offer their congratulations and support.

However, there were some who criticised the board for not waiting until the end of the season and for offering a two-year contract.

Here is a small selection of responses to the news.

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