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Rochdale travel to Portsmouth looking to take a step closer to safety

Looking back over the head-to-head meetings between the sides (Stats Via 11v11) the sides have met ten times since 1978. In them matches Rochdale have only managed one win – 2104 – and two draws.

Now in Brian Barry-Murphy’s mind, however much he’d love to win every game, he’d much prefer to take points off the teams in and around them and sacrifice any losses against the likes of Sunderland and Portsmouth.

Nevertheless, the renewed confidence within the squad following only one defeat in his six games in charge, and hoisting themselves out of the League Two relegation zone is there for all to see.

Barry-Murphy has instilled a way to win and got a tune out of a squad of players, who were quite frankly underachieving and under performing under the old regime for most of the season.

An away fixture to a team who have four straight wins under their belt in the league and fighting for a promotion place is not best welcomed. However, Rochdale pushed Sunderland close last week and they can draw experience from that result, alongside the fact they kept a clean sheet in a win mid week in the league since they last played Accrington Stanley back in November.

There are a six points separating 10 places in the league, a couple of wins and Dale could see themselves midtable, however, a couple of losses and they could be back in the relegation zone – it’s that tight.

With games coming up against Southend and Wycombe, who are both on a poor run of results, they are must win matches. So today, even if Dale grab a point it can be seen as a hugely positive result and one that further cements Barry-Murphys amazing turnaround at the club.

Rochdale fans, what do you think the result will be today?

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The Rochdale Future Looks Bright Under BBM

I was in the media unveiling of Brian Barry-Murphy at Spotland yesterday. A very happy and relaxed BBM sat there, explaining his vision for the future of Rochdale Football Club.

With overwhelming calls for the ex-player to take the hot seat on a regular basis from many people in and around football, Dale quickly decided that, even after four games, the time was right for the appointment to be made.

BBM’s start to has been impressive, winning two and drawing two after a poor run of form which has led them into the relegation zone.

Rochdale are now within touching distance of safety, and hold a very important game in hand over some of their close rivals. In what should be a thrilling, if not nail-biting end to the season in League One.

Having worked under the old regime, while he learned his trade. BBM has a grasp of the players, the staff and the youth academy already in his arsenal. This has been made apparent by his unbeaten start. He was quick to point out that he would not be making an assistant manager appointment, as he looked to rip up the old styled layered managerial blueprint.

Instead, he is opting for a team of staff to all aid in other ways, and work together as one towards the same goal. Rochdale are a well run club, the timing of the appointment is to start the planning and recruitment process for next season, for either League One or League Two.

It’s refreshing to see a club with foresight to plan for not only all outcomes, but to budget accordingly – especially in light of what is happening at neighbours Bury and Bolton at the moment.

BBM will look to continue Rochdale’s youth development and is eager to see many pass through the ranks in the seasons to come, With him quoting there are many exceptional talents within the youth squad just waiting to be unearthed.

He wants to give the fans performances to be proud of, and hopes the results will follow suit.

I certainly felt a feel good factor within Spotland and one that can hopefully keep transcending onto the field. I think BBM is the man to keep them up and next season good times are ahead for Rochdale.

Rochdale fans, what are your thoughts on the new man in charge?

Bury Stave Off Administration for Now, Curzon Ashton Boss Mark Bradshaw Talks Cup Chances, Rochdale Making Improvements

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Bury have struggled off the pitch in recent weeks as financial worries surround the club – is there a light at the end of the tunnel at Gigg Lane?

Curzon Ashton manager Mark Bradshaw chats to us as the Nash chase Manchester Premier Cup success for the first time since 1990.

We reflect on Salford’s promotion ambitions and Rochdale’s chances of safety in League One.

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2/3 of Rochdale Fans Now Believe They Will Now Be Safe Following BBM Impact

Many were anticipating the sacking of Keith Hill at Rochdale, after a run that landed the Dale in the bottom three and looking more and more likely to be playing League Two football next season.

Brian Barry -Murphy was given the job of caretaker manager, and has never looked back since. Having been made permanent manager a week ago following four games in charge, of which he won two and drew two – It seemed the board back the former Dale player.

After winning their all important game in-hand against Accrington this week, Rochdale now are level on games and two points clear of the relegation zone. Furthermore, things are so tight in that bottom half of League One, a couple more wins could actually see Dale hit mid-table with only six points separating 13th – 23rd.

We put a poll out on our Football Manc Cave Twitter (Follow us Here) asking Rochdale fans where they now feel the team will end up come the end of the season.

6% felt the side would still be relegated, 24% thought they could crack on and reach dizzy mid-table heights. However, 70% of fans think the team will just about stay up – I’m sure they won’t want a repeat of last season’s nail biter.

Rochdale, should they stay up this season, could push forward next season under a young and ambitious manager. The results in recent weeks have been a positive step, forward after a largely frustrating campaign up until that point.

BBM can get a tune out of this group of players, with a decent turnover of players in the summer and a full pre-season implementing his style of play. It could certainly make for an exciting 2019/2020 season for the Spotland outfit.

Dale fans, where do you think you could end up next season under Brian Barry-Murphy, lets us know in the comments…

BBM’s Spell in Charge of Rochdale Should Start With This 11 Against Sunderland

Brian Barry-Murphy was finally confirmed as Rochdale’s next manager at a press conference on Wednesday, being given a two year contract after presiding over an unbeaten run in his four games in temporary charge. Rochdale collected eight points during this time which has seen them get themselves back into contention for survival, in what has turned into quite a battle at the bottom.

His first game in permanent charge sees his side take on their biggest challenge thus far in his tenure, with Sunderland visiting Spotland. Rochdale fans will already have a good idea of the kind of team that will be on show from what lineups they have already seen him pick.

This is my speculation of a potential line up;

Goalkeeper: 1. Josh Lillis

Lillie’s return to fitness has seen the departure of Andy Lonergan back to Middlesbrough. His spell will be fondly remembered by fans for his high quality performances, but Josh’s return should see a stability between the sticks that the Spotland faithful haven’t seen this season.

Right Back: 2. Ryan McLaughlin

Ryan has been plagued with fitness and injury problems since his arrival but still represents Rochdale’s best option at right back at this current time, so hopefully he is able to kick on and avoid the treatment table in the future.

Centre Back: 6. Ethan Ebanks-Landell

I have waxed lyrical about him before so I will try and not go over old ground but for me he is Rochdale’s best centre back and is too good for the level he us currently operating it. One of the first names on my team sheet.

Centre Back: 3. Kgosi Ntlhe

Kgosi has been a revelation since his return from injury and has played his way into the starting 11 with a couple of impressive performances, chipping in at both ends with important tackles and goals.

Left Back: 39. Joe Bunney

Sadly, potentially Rochdale’s weakest position with only two real options there if Kgosi plays centrally. I would favour Joe Bunney there over Matty Done but neither are traditional left backs.

Right Midfield: 7. Stephen Dooley

Someone who hasn’t featured frequently under BBM yet but a player I believe should come into the team, as his dribbling and marauding runs down the wing could be vital at unlocking opposition defences.

Centre Midfield: 14. Oliver Rathbone

Another one who has greatly impressed since his return from injury, always giving 100%, and bringing a consistent energy and drive to the team from the middle of the pitch. Another of my easy picks.

Centre Midfield: 27. Ethan Hamilton

I rate Hamilton highly as he is another loan player I think will be operating at a loftier level next season. He complements Rathbone nicely and isn’t short on talent or passion.

Left Midfield: 19. Bradden Inman

Seems to have been in and out of the team a lot this season, never being able to hold down a regular spot, but I see him as one of Rochdale’s better wide options. He plays in a similar mould to Dooley and I think Rochdale will benefit from his creativity and dribbling.

Centre Attacking Midfield: 40. Ian Henderson

I don’t think much needs to be said as to why his inclusion is important with him being Rochdale’s top scorer this season. Without his goal tally of 17, Dale would surely be relegated already. It is impossible to underestimate his influence.

Striker: 18. Aaron Wilbraham

Another player who has played himself into a starting spot under BBM with his recent match winning brace against Scunthorpe. He looks set for a prolonged run in the first team in a season in which he has struggled to find consistency.

Subs: Wade, MJ Williams, Done, Keohane, Camps, Adshead & Andrew

(I am currently unaware of Zach Clough’s injury status but if fit I would expect him to take one of the spaces on the bench).

Bury join Bolton in being on the brink of administration, Salford back in form and Rochdale appoint Brian Barry-Murphy

This is the EFL and Below Show, your weekly look at all the footballing action in Greater Manchester which doesn’t come from Old Trafford or the Etihad.

Manchester Football Social’s Niall McCaughan is joined in the studio by Ian Foran and Aaron Benson from the Football Manc Cave, where Bolton and Bury’s financial turmoil is a big talking point.

The lads also chat Salford’s chances of National League promotion and Brian Barry-Murphy’s appointment as new Rochdale manager as they look to stave off relegation.

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The Rochdale Future Looks Bright Under BBM

I was in the media unveiling of Brian Barry-Murphy at Spotland yesterday. A very happy and relaxed BBM sat there, explaining his vision for the future of Rochdale Football Club.

With overwhelming calls for the ex-player to take the hot seat on a regular basis from many people in and around football, Dale quickly decided that, even after four games, the time was right for the appointment to be made.

BBM’s start to has been impressive, winning two and drawing two after a poor run of form which has led them into the relegation zone.

Rochdale are now within touching distance of safety, and hold a very important game in hand over some of their close rivals. In what should be a thrilling, if not nail-biting end to the season in League One.

Having worked under the old regime, while he learned his trade. BBM has a grasp of the players, the staff and the youth academy already in his arsenal. This has been made apparent by his unbeaten start. He was quick to point out that he would not be making an assistant manager appointment, as he looked to rip up the old styled layered managerial blueprint.

Instead, he is opting for a team of staff to all aid in other ways, and work together as one towards the same goal. Rochdale are a well run club, the timing of the appointment is to start the planning and recruitment process for next season, for either League One or League Two.

It’s refreshing to see a club with foresight to plan for not only all outcomes, but to budget accordingly – especially in light of what is happening at neighbours Bury and Bolton at the moment.

BBM will look to continue Rochdale’s youth development and is eager to see many pass through the ranks in the seasons to come, With him quoting there are many exceptional talents within the youth squad just waiting to be unearthed.

He wants to give the fans performances to be proud of, and hopes the results will follow suit.

I certainly felt a feel good factor within Spotland and one that can hopefully keep transcending onto the field. I think BBM is the man to keep them up and next season good times are ahead for Rochdale.

Rochdale fans, what are your thoughts on the new man in charge?

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