Gaffer’s farewell and thanks to chairman
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