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Rochdale are in a 12 team Relegation Scrap, Playing This Midfield Duo Today COULD Edge Them Closer to Safety

Much has been made this week about the possibility of a 12-team relegation battle taking place in League One this season, as only 9 points separate bottom to 12th. Remarkably only 3 points separate 21st to 12th.

Rochdale have another great opportunity to take a big potential step closer to safety, when they take on Scunthorpe at Spotland today. They should be well rested after last weeks postponed game against Accrington and, according to caretaker manager Brian Barry-Murphy, only long term absentees; Josh Lillis, Rekeil Pyke & Zach Clough are missing for the match.

I believe these two players starting the game against Scunthorpe are crucial to coming away with all three points.

13. Jimmy Keohane.

Rochdale fans haven’t had much chance to see him in action since his signing. His only appearance this season coming in Dales last fixture against Oxford United. He was brought on following an injury to Ryan McLaughlin and although, not primarily a right back he looked an interesting proposition in that role.

When Keohane signed in February this year on a free transfer, former manager Keith Hill and current caretaker manager Brian Barry-Murphy spoke well of him, and expectations were high but for whatever reason, he was never given a place in his starting 11.

Many supporters at Spotland (Crown Oil Arena) were pleased to see his inclusion against Oxford, as it was seen to be Brian Barry-Murphy trying something different, which has been much needed recently, to instil a glimmer of hope for the Rochdale faithful.

14. Oliver Rathbone.

Oli’s commitment, unwavering stamina and energy has been missed at Spotland since his injury, and his return has been a contributory factor in Dale taking four points from the last two home games. His return to fitness from injury is a very welcome boost to the survival efforts, and he is perhaps a bit of an unsung hero.

Since Andy Cannon’s departure to Portsmouth in the January transfer window. Oli has been able to take over a central midfield position and hopefully, his determination will be a major part in Rochdale’s bid for League One survival.

Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan’s emergency loan has been extended by another week which is a vital move, considering his form of late. There has also been no update on the managerial position permanently and, with each day that passes by with no change you have to think BBM is strengthening his position for the role permanently.

Andy Cannon Making The Move Down South?

A source close to Pompey, has it that Rochdale are set to lose Andy Cannon to League One leaders Portsmouth in the January transfer window. 

Our source believes the transfer fee been given for the deal, is £150,000 with Andy set to sign a contract at Portsmouth running through to Summer 2021. It’s worth noting Cannon only has 6 months left on his contract at Rochdale by the time the window opens and that’s perhaps why the fee may seem very low.

The main rumour for his departure is that Andy has apparently had a falling out with Rochdale manager Keith Hill, which alongside injuries has seen him restricted to a mere 6 starts this season for Rochdale with only 3 of those coming in the league.

This would explain his lack of game time as he is very popular among the fans and a lot of them have been questioning his lack of minutes. Portsmouth scouts have apparently been very impressed with him when they have come to watch him, which leads me to believe his absence is more than likely down to other factors rather than ability.

Another rumour I have heard about his potential departure is that Rochdale have quite a large squad this season and that cost-cutting sales are required, Hill possibly sees Cannon as one of his most saleable assets that have been on the fringes most of the season, as the midfield, in particular, has a lot of depth this season.

I believe its more likely to be the former than the latter.

My opinion is that I feel it was great business getting Andy to sign a 1-year deal back in June as there was a real possibility of him leaving for free. Although I’m sad to be losing him, as I felt Rochdale were a better team for his inclusion. They, fortunately, do have options in that position and his loss may not be season-defining.

Is It Time Rochdale Look Past Keith Hill & Go For One of These Two Managers To Ensure Safety?

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

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 Heckingbottom

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.

2 Players That Need to Start Today For Rochdale to Come Away With The 3 Points

Rochdale finds themselves down in 17th in League One after only managing to collect 23 points in their first 20 games so far, and Keith Hill has made plenty of changes to his team this season.

However, in my opinion, these two players must start tomorrow for Rochdale to have the best possible chance of coming away from Kingsmeadow with all three points.

Ian Henderson

To anyone who has followed Rochdale or even just followed League One this season, this doesn’t need to be said. The Rochdale captain is joint top scorer in the league this season with 12 goals and Rochdale’s reliance on his goals this season is there for all to see.

Without them, they would find themselves 12 points worse off, which would see them rock bottom of the league.

It’s not often you see a player be top scorer in the league with his team in the bottom half of the table, especially being closer to the relegation zone than the playoffs. Furthermore, this shows a lot of their problems are defensive problems and not attacking. He is indispensable to this team and any game he doesn’t start the team is significantly weaker in.

Andy Cannon

I imagine this choice will be a popular choice with many Dale fans as his name has been mentioned many a time on the terraces at Spotland this season. With many fans questioning why he hasn’t been involved more.

A recent injury explains why he hasn’t played of late but even before that he has struggled to establish himself in the side this season, many find this strange given some of the performances he put in towards the back end of last season. I simply feel Rochdale are a better side with him in the team.

He came off the bench last weekend in the FA Cup 2nd Round match vs Portsmouth which suggests he is fit and ready to play, and the performance was much improved after his introduction. The dilemma is sometimes where to play him as he is carving out a name for himself as a very versatile performer, he has regularly filled in across the defence, but I think he believes his best position is in midfield and it’s hard to argue against that.

Keith Hill must be taking his performance last weekend into account and it will be giving him a selection headache as he has a lot of good options in the centre of midfield. I believe he should start against Wimbledon as he brings a steely determination, an abundance of enthusiasm and all the battling qualities required in these bottom half of the table clashes, players like him can sometimes make all the difference.