Gaffer’s farewell and thanks to chair­man

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT -

SATURDAY was Chris Dun­phy’s fi­nal home game as Rochdale chair­man and man­ager Keith Hill was quick to pay tribute.

Mr Dun­phy stepped down af­ter 12 years in the roll and an as­so­ci­a­tion with the club stretch­ing back to the early eighties.

“It was an emo­tional day for Chris and all his fam­ily, I’m glad they were all there to sup­port him,” said Hill. “He’s been a bril­liant chair­man to work with and on be­half of the club. We’ve had many great teams and done a lot of great busi­ness dur­ing our time and it was a sad day but the club will sur­vive and move on and I know that Chris will al­ways be an avid sup­porter of what we do at this club and he’s never far away if I need him.

“We’ve been through pro­mo­tions, play-offs, Wem­b­ley, re­cy­cling and build­ing new sides – it’s been bril­liant to work with him twice. The re­la­tion­ship has stood the test of time be­cause he has al­lowed me to do what I do and I have to ad­mire him with re­spect to last sea­son when many a foot­ball club would have prob­a­bly ques­tioned the man­ager’s po­si­tion at the club and he didn’t. He prob­a­bly did in­ter­nally over a glass of wine, but he kept his cool and we’ve been very suc­cess­ful. He de­serves a lot of credit for what has been achieved at this club – the pur­chase of the sta­dium, twice pro­moted. Well done to Chris and to the rest of his fam­ily, it’s been a real en­joy­ment work­ing for him and with him in se­cur­ing the fu­ture of this foot­ball club and the suc­cesses we’ve had on the pitch, and we’ve had a lot, peo­ple have got to re­alise that.”

Out­go­ing chair­man Chris Dun­phy

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