Rochdale Football Club today announced the sacking of their manager, Keith Hill with the club currently 22nd in League One. Hill`s assistant, Chris Beech has also left the Lancashire club today.
Rochdale have acted after they went down to top of the table Luton Town 2-0 at the weekend. This stretched the clubs miserable run to just one win in the last 12 games since Boxing Day. The Dale currently sit 5 points adrift of safety with only 11 games to play. Included in those remaining games are trips to promotion chasing Charlton and Portsmouth as well as a home game against third placed Sunderland. More importantly Rochdale face teams in and around them, in the lower part of the league which are must win games. These include 17th placed Shrewsbury at home on Saturday.
The news of Hill`s sacking has brought a mixed response from the clubs supporters. Many fans believe that the change is well over due, yet others think Hill deserved to see the season out after having two very successful spells at Spotland.
Hill has overseen two of the clubs only three promotions in its history, in 2010 and 2014. He has also secured 3 top 10 League One finishes whilst at the club. Add to the fact Rochdale under Hill have reached at least the 4th round of the FA Cup in 4 out of the last 6 seasons you can see why Hill is held in such high regard by the clubs supporters.
However the club will no doubt recall the side only stayed up in League One on the final game of last season by 1 point. Also, neighbours Oldham Athletic have not found life in League Two particularly easy since last seasons relegation.
Hill has often been vocal and appeared big headed during his managerial career at Rochdale. However, his two tenures will go down in history at Deepdale for what he achieved at the club.