Rochdale’s care-taker ‘humbled’ to be given the reins

Brian Barry-Murphy during his playing days

At the end of what’s been a turbulent week at the Crown Oil Arena, the man tasked with trying to steady the ship while Rochdale begin the search for their new manager has spoken for the first time.

Brian Barry-Murphy has stepped in to take temporary charge of the first team, along with Tony Ellis, following the sacking of Keith Hill and Chris Beech on Monday after Dale lost their fourth straight game leaving them third bottom of League One and five points from safety.

His first game in charge is on Saturday (9th March) when they take on Shrewsbury Town who, themselves, are only three points above the bottom four.

Before he leads his side out for the first time, the former Sheffield Wednesday, Bury and Rochdale midfielder admitted he was hesitant about taking the care-taker role on.

“It felt a little bit wrong for me to be staying on that day [Monday after Hill had been sacked] after speaking to them for quite a while Keith was unwavering in his support for me and I know he felt I was the right guy to connect with these players and take them forward in this block of games.”

The club haven’t commented on how long the block of games will be but it’s felt that if Barry-Murphy is able to turn their fortunes around, Rochdale have only won one game in 2019, he would be in the frame to take over at least until the end of the season.

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