Rochdale’s form has hit an alarming low point of late with them conceding 17 goals in the past 4 games, only scoring 2 in that time last night against Manchester City’s u21s. It has been a massive drop off since boxing day when they beat Blackpool coming off the back of a good win away at Southend. This form perhaps sums Dale up this season as they have struggled massively for consistency.
There have been a few boardroom changes over the past six months, with long term successful chairman Chris Dunphy departing after the Bradford game on the 29th of December and 4 new directors joining in November.
Also most recently, changes at pitch level with Brendan Moore being released from his contract to go back to America, Andy Cannon sold to Portsmouth, Harrison McGahey sold to Scunthorpe and David Perkins sold to Tranmere since the window opened. This has led to many fans starting to question whether Keith Hill is the right man to take Rochdale forward.
However, in my honest opinion, I don’t think a change in management is needed. I think Rochdale could do far worse than Hilly and sacking him could not only have massive negative financial implications but whose to say with the resources available a replacement could do any better? I think commitment is needed as although this is a very bad point in the clubs season. They are actually in a stronger position than they were 12 months ago at this stage.
Nevertheless, here are 2 possible candidates to replace Hilly should the board choose to act…
Paul Hurst gained a lot of support for managing to take Shrewsbury to the play-off final last season, and he took his chance at a higher level when Ipswich came calling in the summer. It sadly hasn’t worked at Ipswich who seems a club in dire need of a fresh start but this, however, means Hurst is available should Rochdale be on the lookout for a new manager. It might be a bridge too far but Rochdale definitely offers a good opportunity to get his career on an upward trajectory again.
Paul managed to successfully guide Barnsley to promotion after stepping in, following Lee Johnson’s departure to Bristol City as well as winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in the same season. The successful results continued in the Championship as he guided them to a 9th place. This kind of form saw Leeds come calling in February 2018 but he only lasted 4 months before being replaced by Bielsa in the summer. He has remained unemployed since and the 6 months without a job may of seen him more susceptible to any job offers that open up. Rochdale could offer an opportunity as a step back into management.