Going into 2019 on the front foot
ROCHDALE have been urged to get back on the front foot as they head into 2019 looking to climb the League One table.
Dale suffered a resounding 4-0 defeat at home against Bradford City on Saturday ahead of their New Year’s Day clash at Doncaster.
Manager Keith Hill was keen to put the Bradford result behind them quickly and get back to the kind of form that saw Dale pick up successive wins against Southend and Blackpool prior to the Bantams’ visit.
“We are in a healthy position so we have to fight and play on the front foot,” he said. “We are entering into January which is going to be an important month for us with respect to maybe recruiting and recycling players and trying to move forward in the league as well.
“But while we’re doing that we have to try to make sure we take care of business as well, the real business of performances. Bradford were better than us in every department and sometimes you have to hold your hands up. But you should never play the league position – they are an excellent side.”
Saturday’s game was chairman Chris Dunphy’s last at the helm and Hill is in no doubt as to the ultimate dream for the new regime in charge – attaining the club’s own training facilities.
“In any relationship there has to be a lot of give and take. We have done a lot of great business at the club and I have never disrespected Chris or the club when business hasn’t gone the way that I wanted it to, be it buying or selling players, extending loan deals, budgets. We have always worked through it and we have always had a strong relationship because, as manager of this club, I feel I am a financial custodian and I think that’s where I get a lot of appreciation from Chris. Over the course of my time at this club we have built a lot of players’ futures and sold them on for great monetary value as assets for this club that has also got us promoted, retained League One status and allowed us to secure the ownership of the stadium. The next phase for this club is to secure our own state-ofthe-art training facility, that is the dream, but it’s going to be a very difficult dream to achieve.
“We really need some good energy to try to make this club evolve, so we can have the same facilities as Fleetwood or Crewe, for example, similar sized clubs to ourselves who have found a way to do it. Chris has been instrumental in trying to do that and hopefully we can carry that on.”
Manager Keith Hill insists attaining the club’s own training facility would be the next phase for Rochdale