Rochdale’s Chief Executive has spoken for the first time since he sacked one of the longest serving managers in the English Football League yesterday morning (Monday 4th March).
Keith Hill was given his marching orders following the club’s fourth straight defeat away at Luton Town which left them third bottom of the League One table and five points from safety.
In addition to the current run of form, Dale have also only recorded one win in 2019 and are staring relegation to League Two in the face with only 11 games of the season left.
David Bottomley, speaking to Revolution News, said the time had come for a change: “I think you’ve got to look at the results from this calendar year, we’ve played 11 games, we’ve only won one, drawn one and lost nine games. Our home record has been poor this year and was poor at the end of last year.”
The Chief Executive claimed letting Hill and his assistant Chris Beech go was the toughest decision he’s had to make at the football club but he also admitted it was something they’d been thinking about for some time.
Brian Barry Murphy and Tony Ellis have been placed in temporary charge of the first team ahead of Saturday’s visit of Shrewsbury Town.
That kicks off a run of games against teams around them in the fight for survival, something David Bottomley says did play a part in sacking Keith Hill: “We’ve got games now against Shrewsbury, Oxford, Accrington away, Scunthorpe at home and Gillingham away, all clubs who like us are fighting for their lives and so it was deemed in the opinion of the board that the best possible opportunity to maintain League One status was to make the change.”
Rochdale haven’t put a time limit on when they would like to appoint the new manager nor would they be drawn on whether Barry Murphy and Ellis would take the team until the end of the season.