ROCHDALE AND HILL ARE SUCH A PER­FECT FIT

The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK -

HOW ironic that as Scun­thorpe won pro­mo­tion to League One, man­ager Russ Wil­cox lost his first ever match.

But will he care that his 28game un­beaten came to an end at the hands of Ex­eter? Will he hell! All that mat­ters is go­ing up.

In fact, it might even be a re­lief. Now he can just plan over the sum­mer like any other man­ager with­out people talk­ing about the record.

Russ knows he’ll have to strengthen but Scunny aren’t the type of club to go out and spend mil­lions. They’ll do it in a sen­si­ble way and try to sus­tain League One foot­ball with­out break­ing the bank. For now, that should be their only am­bi­tion.

I also think Keith Hill has done a mar­vel­lous job tak­ing Rochdale up. It’s not easy go­ing back to a place where you’ve had suc­cess.The bar is set so high. And the Barns­ley ex­pe­ri­ence – where he was sacked af­ter 18 months – will have been a big shock to him af­ter so many suc­cess­ful years at Rochdale.

Eye­brows were raised when he dropped right back down to League Two but let’s not for­get that he’ll be play­ing against Barns­ley in League One next year.

Would the Tykes be there is Keith had been kept on? Who knows. But I don’t think that point should be missed – it isn’t al­ways ad­van­ta­geous to let your man­ager go.

What is ab­so­lutely true is that, like Ed­die Howe at Bournemouth, Keith and Rochdale are a per­fect fit. I hope they both stay put and con­tinue to build their clubs.

And last but not least, well done to Ch­ester­field and Paul Cook.

I’ve been down to the ground this year, and I’ve seen the fan­tas­tic dress­ing room spirit fos­tered by his staff.

It’s a lovely club, a nice new sta­dium. They had a taste of League One in 2011-12 and came up short, but that ex­pe­ri­ence should stand them in good stead.

If they can es­tab­lish them­selves at that level next sea­son it will be a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.