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Bury in a mess as Frankie Bunn walks away from job

On Monday morning, pre-season for the EFL and many Non-League teams will get underway. Some will have played their first pre-season games by the following week, virtually all will have by the time a fortnight has passed.

All except Bury that is, returning to training on Monday morning looks unlikely. As lunchtime approached yesterday it looked as though former Oldham manager Frankie Bunn would take over the toughest job in English football.

Yet suddenly all went quiet as Bunn’s plans to take over the helm at Gigg Lane took a turn for the worst. The speculation train started rolling this morning when Latics defender and captain Peter Clarke left Boundary Park, with fans of the Shakers believing Clarke was joining up with his former manager Bunn to manage Bury, a task not for the faint-hearted.

The club saw their latest Court Case adjourned till the 31st July in the first week of the new season. Nobody can work out whether this was good or bad news. Over the past few days chairman, Steve Dale, plans to turn the club around through a CVA option. Liquidation is still a possibility.

Bunn’s apparent snub to the Shakers comes after former Rochdale manager Keith Hill also chose to walk away from becoming manager too. Offering his services out saying he was ready to return to management, it now appears he couldn’t be less interested in becoming manager, otherwise, he wouldn’t have walked away while unemployed.

Senior players Jay O’Shea and Tom Aldred became the latest players to leave Gigg Lane, both joining Robbie Fowler’s Brisbane Roar. Danny Mayor is rumoured to be in advanced talks with Ipswich Town and Paul Lambert. Tranmere and Plymouth have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Mayor. Goalkeeping coach Brian Jensen has left, joining manager, assistant vice-captain Nicky Adams and head of fitness John Lucas.

However, off the field chaos has to be sorted before any training session can begin. That lies with chairman Steve Dale. The pre-season mess has just got messier.

A 3-point plan for Rochdale’s Barry-Murphy to make it a successful season

With a relatively new manager, Brian Barry-Murphy going into his first proper season of management, what will help him have a successful season?

Murphy was asked back in March to take over Rochdale as Keith Hill was sacked. He managed to keep the club out of relegation and he is now starting the clubs new season as their manager. This will either see a rise or fall for himself and the club.

Even though he managed to keep them up, Dale only managed to finish 15th. My guess now is that Rochdale fans will be wanting a season in which they do not have to constantly worry about relegation being an option.

With that being said, what 3 things can Rochdale do to have a great season?

Trust In BBM

Brian Barry-Murphy has already given Rochdale fans some hope as he kept them up and managed 6 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in the 11 games he took over.

I hope fans give him a chance at the start of the season to get going. He played for the club in 2018 before being asked to be the manager, and this says that he already has a connection with staff and players that needs to stay strong in order for him to succeed. In an interview with the club, he has gone on to mention how he is going by the motto, “quality not quantity” in terms of signings, which brings me into my next point.


In the same interview, he has gone on to say that he’s finding it hard getting the correct signings and deals, but does have a plan. Since that interview, he’s managed to get Matty Done and Ollie Rathbone to extend their contracts. Even though he might not be getting in new players which seems to be what fans want, he’s certainly getting the ball rolling and I hope these players perform for him and the club when given the chance.

Goal Difference

When Keith Hill was sacked, fans were happy as the time was right. One main factor that prompted the manager’s departure was the mass goal losses each week. They were conceding 4 to 5 goals a game which did not help at the end of the season when Murphy had to take over.

If Rochdale wants to have a successful season, they’re going to have to produce more goals themselves and keep their goal difference to a minimum and acceptable amount.

Adapt and solidify is the key to Rochdale’s season, agree?

Rochdale started last season pretty poorly but managed to beat relegation, so what will they need to do for the 2019/20 campaign?

The Dale finished 15th out of 24 teams in League One last season after a poor start and a lot of losses. The team, staff and fans will all be hoping for a better year of football, a stronger team and a higher league finish.

They managed to stay in League One however after finding their feet as a team again towards the very end of the season following Brain Barry Murphy’s appointment with the last stretch of the season to go, so what can they do to have a more successful season next campaign?

Adapt to Change of Manager

Keith Hill was Rochdale’s manager at the start of the 2018/19 football year and fans were getting annoyed with the poor results, heavy conceding of goals and the general disappointment. Brian Barry-Murphy took over the club towards the end of last season and the Rochdale team already seem more promising.

If Murphy had have come in sooner, maybe Rochdale would have had a higher finish in the league. However, he has done a brilliant job of keeping them up so I hope he can do well for them in the months to come.

Goal Difference

In January, Dale fans were fed up of seeing their team concede 4 to 5 goals a game. It’s clear to see that since a new manager has taken over, they’ve managed to control that. Although next season, they will have to keep their goal difference to a reasonable number if they want to succeed.

A rundown of the contenders for the vacant Bury job

After Ryan Lowe decided to leave Bury for Plymouth Argyle last week, a variety of names have been swirling around for who might succeed him as manager.

Whoever does replace fans favourite Lowe will have a tough challenge on their hands. With the club back in court on the 19th June, the latest man to take over the managerial reigns could be one in administration, with that being a fairly positive outcome as well.

So which employed or unemployed coach will put pen to paper on a contract leaving them in charge of the League One side?

Keith Hill

A recent fans poll saw that 68% of fans would like to see the former Rochdale manager lead the club out of their biggest financial crisis to date. Having taken close rivals Dale to promotion twice, in 2010 and 2014, on a low budget. Many believe he would be the man to consolidate the Shakers position in England’s third tier.

What’s more, Hill is ‘not afraid’ to try his hand at taking on the challenge that is Bury FC. His most recent season at Rochdale would suggest a look in a different direction with regards to management, however. He was sacked in March at Spotland with the club on the verge of relegation. Their best form occurred when he left.

Ryan Kidd

Arguably the one the fans would want to see take over from Lowe. Head of the academy, Kidd will know just what pain fans, staff and players will have gone through over the past few months as the Shakers went for promotion.

One of previous chairman Stewart Day’s best decisions was to make Lowe permanent manager, after the previous relegation from League One. A decision of this type wouldn’t be far out of place in the current climate. Will any other coach know how bad the financial situation at Bury compared to Kidd?

David Flitcroft

A former manager at Gigg Lane, the Flitcroft era was as dramatic as they come. On a big budget, he guided Bury to promotion in his first full season in charge four years ago.

But truth be told he was never a big hit with the fans, and the majority were glad to see the back of him after a horrific run of results in League One.

Since leaving Greater Manchester, a season at Mansfield ended in failure. After spending a large part of last season in the automatic promotion places, the Stags fell short missing out on promotion with the playoffs. One of the leading candidates with bookmakers but surely a long shot for the full-time manager slot again.

Once The Dust Settles, Bury FC Should Be Looking at These 2 Managers to Push The Club Forward

With the ongoing financial problems at Bury still taking place, manager Ryan Lowe had no other option than to leave, which has the Shakers looking for a replacement. 

Ryan Lowe leaving the side to join Plymouth Argyle has put Keith Hill at the top of the list as the favourite to take the job. Hill has been out of work since being sacked by Rochdale and this would be a good move for him. Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley of Chester have also both been linked to the job and, both names have been in speculation but today they have both revealed how they haven’t been in talks with Bury and even though Johnson is a Bury fan himself, he has no intentions to talk to the club.

With administration being a possibility for the Shakers and a high court hearing in place, it’s likely that these problems will have to be resolved before they can appoint a new manager. So who else should Bury look at when the time does come?

Derek Adams

The former Plymouth manager has already been suggested but with the financial problems that Bury have been in, Adams could be a good choice. Some have said it would be like a “manager swap” as Ryan Lowe has now joined Adams’ previous club. If Steve Dale can sell his club and sort the money issues out, maybe a good deal could be put on the table.

Ian Holloway

The 56-year-old is supposedly looking to get back into management after his great run with previous clubs such as Blackpool and seeing as he left QPR last May, he may take an easy offer. Plymouth fans really wanted Holloway to join their side before it was confirmed that Lowe would be joining them, however, maybe Bury would be better suited with him to keep up their on-field performance while their off-field issues are hopefully sorted.

‘I’d Have Him Here Tomorrow’ 68% of Bury fans Want Keith Hill as The Next Manager

A recent twitter poll showed 68% of Bury fans would take former Rochdale boss Keith Hill as manager next season.

Although this may sound a hellish thought for Bury fans, somewhere in the upcoming plans the club will have to plan for life without Ryan Lowe.

Should there be a club after the 19th June, the successor to Lowe will take over the role in dealing with a threadbare squad and possible points deduction, not to mention one trying to get over two hopeless owners.

An early contender to fill the Gigg Lane hot seat is former Rochdale manager Keith Hill. A surprise too perhaps to see the Dale favourite as a candidate, yet it seems Shakers fans wouldn’t seem to mind Hill in the home dugout next season.

Many fans left their views on Twitter. The footballmanccave.com took a look at the opinions which favoured the football league stalwart.

Opinion: Is Former Rochdale Boss Keith Hill The Right Fit For Bury

First and foremost, I think Bury’s main priority needs to be to sort their club out before they start thinking about managers and players. It’s amazing this club won promotion last season, and are now managerless, with fans worrying they won’t even have a team to watch in August.

Ryan Lowe has departed to Plymouth, with most of the players expected to follow him out of the exit door. Whoever gets the job of appointing a manager, staff and player will have an enormous job on their hands. However, this is a club that should be competing at a good level. From a Wigan fan, I genuinely hope the club finds a resolution to this nightmare between now and August, for the sake of the fans.

So, into the meat of the article – would Keith Hill be a good fit for Bury?

Yes, in my opinion. I imagine the club will just be looking to consolidate next season, stay in the division and try to build a squad again. Hill has managed in the EFL for over 10 years, he has experience of creating battle-hardened squads, having won promotion twice with Rochdale. Obviously, Bury won’t have a significant transfer budget given the current circumstances, and that’s something Hill is used to dealing with, at Barnsley he signed Matt Done and Scott Wiseman for relatively low fees.

The new manager at Bury will largely be relying on signing frees and loans. You want a manager who has experience in the league, lots of contacts with other clubs/players/agents and a drive to succeed. Hill has managed a lot of players over the years, surely he could get a band back together at Bury.

At the moment, The Shakers aren’t an attractive proposition. However, they are in League One. If the off-field problems could be resolved, a year of consolidation could lead to a positive following season. There is certainly potential.

Would Bury fans be happy with Keith Hill?

Was Rochdale The Making Of Cardiff City’s Mendez-Laing

A name very much on the end of most Cardiff City fans tongue last weekend was that of scorer Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, who doubled his goal tally for the season in the final game of the season.

Many Rochdale fans, however, will have good memories of Mendez-Laing during his spell at Spotland under Keith Hill. After not really having much impact at Peterborough during his three-year spell with the club, in which he found the back of the net four times. Being loaned out became the norm for the winger.

Three back-to-back loan spells at Portsmouth, Cambridge and Shrewsbury left Mendez-Laing looking broken. In came Rochdale in the summer of 2015, with Kieth Hill believing he could revive the winger’s fortunes and get him playing as he should be.

Signed on an initial one year deal, Mendez-Laing didn’t have an ideal start with mounting injuries pushing back his league appearance to October. Nevertheless, Hill thought if he could get Mendez-Laing up to match fitness on a regular basis he’d have some player on his hands.

The winger scored roughly one goal in three games and it was a no-brainer to activate his second-year option on his contract.

During his second season at the club, he turned up in the big games when Rochdale needed him too, and carried the team a lot towards the end of the season as Dale pushed for a playoff place.

His turn of form and performances didn’t go unnoticed, and Cardiff City came calling for the free agent in the summer of 2017 after he rejected a Rochdale contract.

He helped the bluebirds in their quest to be promoted to the Premier League, however, an injury-ravaged first half of the season put a dent in his momentum.

Rochdale fans, what memories do you have of Mendez-Laing and did you think he had what it took to play in the Premier League?

What’s gone wrong for Rochdale’s Zack Clough?

Zach Clough’s signing on loan from Nottingham Forrest on the 31st of August was seen as some what of a coup for Rochdale at the time. With his signing seen as a massive statement of intent from Dale to kick on after their tense relegation battle last season.

He started off well even scoring on his debut against Bury in a Checkatrade Trophy group game, a game which his obvious talent was there for all to see. However, for whatever reason he just never really kicked on and got a solid run in the team.

Clough seemingly was almost constantly on the treatment table, with small niggling injuries that cost him large parts of the first half of the campaign. Rochdale fans we’re not getting what they thought out of the 2.25m rated man and began to grow frustrated at his lack of playing time. 

There was rumours of a falling out between Keith Hill and Clough over a poor attitude towards training, albeit there were many rumours of such with Keith before his sacking in March. This rumour was surely put to bed by the fact Hill resigned Clough on loan for the rest of the season on deadline day in January, after he had returned back to Forest seemingly under the radar.

Unfortunately, once again he never managed to see the pitch long enough to gain any momentum with injuries seeing him restricted to fleeting appearances on the bench.

The former Bolton Wanderers player managed only 540 minutes of football in the two short loan spells at the club this season. Scoring one and assisting one in the Checkatrade trophy – after oozing class in his first days at Nottingham Forest the future for Clough doesn’t look bright.

He will go down as one of frustrating signings in recent Rochdale history due to his obvious talents never fully utilised.


BBM Will Be Looking To Cement League One Status With a Win Over Southend Tomorrow

Its been quite an interesting few months at Spotland. In March with the the club being mired in a second successive relegation battle, a bold step was taken to dismiss the most successful manager in their history and appoint the first team coach, Brian Barry Murphy to the caretaker role.

He took on the challenge with both hands though, to date collecting 17 points out of a possible 27, leading to him being appointed permanent manager at the start of April. Many Dale supporters have attributed this turn of events to BBM’s more consistent approach to team selection than his predecessor. He has tended to choose experience over youth, for example Aaron Wilbraham, who was widely criticised by many at Spotland has shown a complete turnaround getting regular game time under BBM and contributing with a much needed three goals.

Recent results have seen Dale catapult from second bottom to as high as 15th with only two games to to and now they only need to at most win one of those games to ensure League One survival. Dale supporters hope that this will be achieved at this Saturday’s final home game of the season against Southend United, who have relegation worries of their own to contend with. Southend are aiming to maximise their away support by generously laying on free coach travel to Spotland for travelling supporters.

Much must be said of the turn around that Barry-Murphy has brought to a team who appeared to be in free fall, conceding 44 goals in the last 18 league games of Kieth Hills spell in charge. Dale have conceded nine in nine under BBM’s leadership with five of those coming against sides who currently sit in the top four.

This seasons relegation battle in League One has been widely regarded as one of the tightest in recent memory due to the sheer number of teams that were in the fight at one time or another. With two games left only one side is confirmed relegated and if Wimbledon don’t win on Saturday, Rochdale are safe without needing any more points. If Dale win or draw with Southend they are safe. With Plymouth and Scunthorpe playing each other in the last match it’s only possible for one of them to gain enough points to pass them.

Many supporters now have Rochdale down as all but safe, but I am still erring on the side of caution. A win against Southend is far from a forgone conclusion but with results hopefully going Rochdale’s way, a point could be enough for survival, and will be left to be seen how BBM manages in his first summer transfer window as manager.

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