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‘Not a trip to one of the promoted clubs please, Bounce factor’ Rochdale fans are not overly happy about the fixtures

The long-awaited EFL League One fixtures are in, and Rochdale’s first game is away against the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers.

With Rochdale having an unimpressive few seasons and finishing only sixteenth in the EFL League One table last season. It is important to note the oppositions view on facing The Dale.

It seems as though the newly promoted Tranmere Rovers are excited about their first game of the EFL League One, and some fans believe it will be a comfortable start to the season.

Rochdale fans don’t seem too excited about the new season ahead of them, being disappointed by a lack of signings. Many fear the future of the club after the release of the fixture list.

One Twitter user may have cursed Rochdale by pleading for a non-recently promoted club to face them on their first day. However, it turns out that they will indeed be facing Tranmere Rovers, who will come into their new league on a high.

Unfortunately for The Dale, it appears as though many opposition fans are looking forward to games against Rochdale, whereas Rochdale fans themselves aren’t entirely confident in their side.

Rochdale’s first game will be away at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday the 3rd of August 2019.

Rochdale stalwart looks to have a big impact again next season

73 goals in his last five seasons in League One. Ian Henderson. A brilliant goalscorer. 

His 20 goals ensured Rochdale would be playing League One football again next season, without them, they would undoubtedly have been relegated. Brian Barry-Murphy will be looking to sign another striker to relieve some pressure on the striker while building a team around him that can possibly push for the playoffs.

Thankfully for Rochdale, Henderson is 34 and entering his eighth year at Spotland. If he was 10 years younger, the veteran would have a number of clubs chasing him for a sizeable fee. Pretty much any striker in the league would be happy with 20 goals in a season, never mind doing it at 34 years old.

Ethan Hamilton has returned to Man United, so The Dale will be looking to unearth some gems to provide service to Henderson. However, the hardest thing to find in football is a goalscorer – they certainly have that, it’s just about giving him chances. Jamie Walker is looking to leave Wigan, he’s a quick, tricky winger that can put quality deliveries into the right areas.

Rochdale fans feel hard done by following Dan Adshead’s move to Norwich City

It was announced yesterday that Rochdale academy graduate Dan Adshead completed a move to recently promoted Norwich City. Signing a long term contract to play with their Under 23 initially for an undisclosed fee.

He made a total of 16 appearances in his breakthrough season, scoring once in the EFL Trophy against Leicester Under 23s in the group stages. He also managed to make three appearances for England Under 18s and scored on his debut.

The rumoured fee of roughly 300k has been floated around the internet. This hasn’t gone down well with sections of the fan base who believe, he’s worth much more than that. Especially as Manchester United were rumoured to be in for him for £1 Million last season. No doubt the deal for him will contain add ons should certain clauses be met.

Adshead has long been recognised as a promising talent, with former manager Keith Hill even inviting him to train with the first team a couple of seasons ago when he was only 15.

Dan showed a maturity way beyond his years when breaking into the first team last season, and could go on to be the best academy export the club has produced for quite some time. He will be sorely missed but no one can begrudge him the move to a higher level.

Rochdale have to set the achievable goal following quiet preseason

Rochdale’s final UK pre-season fixture was confirmed on Friday with a trip to local neighbours Oldham pencilled in for Saturday 20th July. This adds to Blackburn, Huddersfield and Bradford at Spotland on the 14th, 17th and 27th of July respectively and away trips to Ramsbottom and Hyde on the 24th and 30th of July.

With the new kits released on Saturday ahead of the new season, this is a great time to predict what’s potentially ahead for the Spotland faithful this coming season.

Much is being made about the lack of business or contract news coming from the club so far this summer. Players are still under contract until the 30th of June, and it has become quite common for players to delay contract offers while they or their agents assess all their options and see if a better offer comes in.

It is safe to assume at least half of the players offered deals will sign, namely Matty Done, Jimmy Keohane, Aaron Morley, Kgosi Ntlhe, Ollie Rathbone, Brad Wade, Aaron Wilbraham and the Youth Team’s Lewis Bradley, Harrison Hopper, Florent Hoti and Fabio Tavares.

With Rochdale having a rather large squad last season I do not personally expect an abundance of signings this summer, rather more quality over quantity.

With the right additions, League One can be a lot more comfortable for Rochdale this coming season. A mid-table finish has to be an achievable goal. If they can avoid the many defensive errors and inconsistent performances from certain players that led to Dale struggling last season.

With Brian Barry-Murphy taking the squad to Portugal on July 4th for warm weather training, this will be his chance to assess how well fitness has been maintained over the close season and see where perhaps signings may be needed.

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.

‘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.

Is Rochdale’s Ryan Delaney A Good Move For Portsmouth?

There are whispers of a move for Ryan Delaney as Portsmouth are apparently interested in the defender.

There hasn’t been a lot of information regarding the interest but if this is true, it could be a nice change for Delaney.

The 22-year-old defender is apparently marketed at the value of £90k so it wouldn’t be too much of an expense to Portsmouth. In my opinion, the best option for Delaney would probably be to go on loan rather than moving permanently. He’s not had a bad run at Rochdale and I think he’d be useful for another year. I think some Pompey fans may disagree but you could have worse in your back four.

In 30 appearances last season for Rochdale, Delaney managed to net one goal and get two assists. In the 2017/18 season, he also managed two goals. It’s not that bad for a defender. He also hasn’t been at too many other clubs so maybe by a loan, or if it comes to it, transferring to Portsmouth, it would be great for the 22-year-old.

Portsmouth have been linked with other transfer talks too such as Adam May interested in a loan move to Swindon. This is another reason why I say maybe Pompey should stick to loaning for the time being to see how their team develops and, if any loan looks promising, maybe they should look into transfer requests at the next window.

Rochdale’s Season Tickets Are Going Well, But What Do Dale Fans Expect Ahead Of the New Campaign?

The quiet summer at Spotland has continued thus far with very little news other than season ticket sales numbers, which have been steadily climbing. At last count on Friday 1750 had been sold.

But what can those fans who renew or even purchase a season ticket for the first time expect?

In what was another difficult season for the club again last season, safety was only clinched in the penultimate game and there were casualties along the way with; Firstly Joe Thomson, the hero of the previous season announcing his retirement. Then long term chairman Chris Dunphy announced his departure in December. January saw stalwarts such as Joe Rafferty and Andy Cannon sold in the transfer window. And finally, of course, the departure of long term manager and assistant, Kieth Hill and Chris Beech in March.

The fans can realistically expect a similar level of performance that the players were putting in towards the end of the season which saw results improve. But BBM isn’t stupid and knows his business this summer could make or break his fledgeling managerial career. He certainly is seemingly allowing himself time to properly assess in his first summer as a manager.

Rochdale fans have been spoiled of late, with news regarding the team traditionally flowing through May and June whilst Kieth Hill tried to shape his Rochdale team. The longer no news is announced is perhaps making the fans sweat on the contracts of those players who have been offered fresh terms, however.

Kieth’s replacement came from within, with his first-team coach Brian Barry-Murphy given the job albeit, temporarily initially before overseeing a run of form which saw Dale beat the drop and gave the board little choice but to make his contract as manager a more permanent one.

All the fans can do at this point is to stay calm and patient. While showing the same faith in the new management team that the board has shown.

Is The Lack of Transfer News Concerning For Rochdale, or Is BBM Right To Wait?

Following Rochdale AFC’s survival, and a sixth consecutive season in League One secured for the first time in their history. Its been a quiet summer so far for the Dale fans.

With no contract or transfer news at all since their season ended, apart from Brian Barry-Murphy’s retained and released list, this could be perceived as good news or bad news depending on your outlook.

Firstly, the lack of news on contract signings is potentially bad news. As it has become the norm that players delay signing extensions, whilst they or their agents look around to see if they can get a better deal elsewhere. Or in most cases, they use other clubs interest as a bargaining chip to get an improved deal.

Secondly, no transfer news isn’t always a bad sign as Brian Barry-Murphy knows that this transfer window could make or break, not only his spell as Rochdale manager but, his management career in general. If he doesn’t get the recruitment right, it would tarnish all the good work Rochdale fans seen following his appointment. So waiting for the right signings rather than panic buying, just to appease the fans could be a rather bit of shrewd business.

BBM lost just three times, against three playoff placed teams in an extraordinary spell at the end of last season. In which he guided Dale to safety and 16th place finish, something that was a stark contrast to the other two-thirds of the season.

It’s clear BBM can get a tune out of the current regime, however, following a couple of departures. Barry-Murphy has surely been given the right already to earn the trust of the supporters and hope that he can continue where he left off.

Rochdale fans, who would you like to sign this transfer window lets us know in the comments below?

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?

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