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2019/2020

Rochdale

In


Rhys Norrington-Davies (def) (Sheffield United - loan), Robert Sanchez (gk) (Brighton - loan), Rekeil Pyke (att) (Huddersfield - loan)

Out


Zach Clough (sp) (att) (Nottingham Forest - loan ended), Ethan Ebanks-Landell (r) (def) (Wolves - loan ended), Joe Bunney (sp) (def) (Northampton - loan ended), Rory Holden (sp) (att) (Bristol City - loan ended), Ethan Hamilton (r) (mid) (Manchester United), Daniel Adshead (sp) (mid) (Norwich), Jordan Williams (sp) (mid) (Fylde), Brad Inman (sp) (mid) (Brisbane), Kgosi Ntlhe (sp) (def) (Scunthorpe)

After famously escaping the drop of the last day of the 2017/18 season, the Dale were hoping to do better in the next campaign and stay clear of danger. It was a hope that did not materialize, as they badly struggled for large spells, with the board eventually opting to part ways with long-serving manager Keith Hill. It was a decision that worked, as caretaker Brian Barry-Murphy managed to guide them to safety and was eventually given the job on a permanent basis. While doing well to keep Dale in the division, Barry-Murphy now faces a completely different task. He will now not have the "new manager bounce" to work in his favour and will have to find a way to aid the battle for survival of a side that has one of the smallest budgets in the division and always needs to punch above its weight. Numerous players have left during the summer. Most of those have played bit-part roles, but Ethan Hamilton and Ethan Ebanks-Landell were rather important members of their starting lineup. Only three signings have been made, all on loan. Rekeil Pyke re-joins on loan from Huddersfield, while Rhys Norrington-Davies and Robert Sanchez have no previous League One experience. All in all, their squad certainly looks weaker than last season and Barry-Murphy has a big task ahead of him in his first-ever season as a manager.

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The Dale will be pleased as long as they manage to finish outside of the bottom four.

Season Review
2018/2019

№16: Rochdale

After avoiding relegation on the last day of the 2017/18 season, Rochdale entered the new campaign looking to get back to their normal level from the current decade, which is being a solid midtable League One club. The Dale's struggles in the previous season were caused by their shocking home form and their home results have improved a bit, but not enough for them to stay clear of trouble. After spending the majority of the first half of the season hovering just outside the relegation places, they entered a shocking run of form midway through the second half of the season, with the run resulting in Keith Hill losing his job. The decision to sack Hill was described by the board as "the hardest decision they ever made" and unsurprisingly so, as he had two spells in charge of the Dale which lasted for a total of eleven years. Hill was replaced by Brian Barry-Murphy, a former player turned coach, who managed to significantly improve their fortunes and guide them to safety with a game to spare. The Dale will be delighted to have improved following their managerial change, but it remains to be seen how they will cope in the long-term without Hill, who is the man credited for making them a stable League One club.


Player of the Season: Ian Henderson

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