Loan mar­ket most likely way of re­cruit­ment

Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

KEITH Hill’s squad shuf­fling ex­er­cise be­gan in earnest this week with the de­par­ture of Andy Can­non, Sam Hart and Bren­dan Moore while Rory Holden came in on loan.

The Dale boss ac­knowl­edged he needed to make some moves dur­ing the Jan­uary win­dow and feels the loan mar­ket will be his best out­let for re­cruit­ing new ar­rivals.

“As much as I want to try to run with a youth­ful squad and bring play­ers in and in­te­grate them, we are very mind­ful of points on the board and how much we need them,” he said.

“There will be a lot of clubs in our league do­ing a lot of good busi­ness, I get that. We will try to do as much busi­ness as we can to make us stronger and bet­ter but it is a very dif­fi­cult mar­ket for us, it al­ways has been.

“We have a set bud­get and we have to run with it through­out the course of the sea­son and teams that are in and around us, be­low us, tend to find money from some­where and in­vest and spend it. That’s what we’re up against.

“From a foot­ball per­spec­tive, I ex­pect any team, my­self in­cluded, to be bet­ter than we were at Doncaster.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, it al­ways is, ev­ery sea­son. The new chair­man has em­braced what we are try­ing to do and we have to come up with our own way of achiev­ing that suc­cess.

“It will have to be loans. In terms of per­ma­nent trans­fers, we have a few play­ers go­ing out which should loosen up a bit of money within the bud­get.

“If I can get the right per­ma­nent sign­ings, I will, but the ma­jor­ity of time, at this stage of the sea­son, it will be the loan sys­tem.

“I’m not pri­mar­ily tar­get­ing de­fend­ers. I can­not solve the so­lu­tion of my full­back area of the pitch.

“We thought we had but we haven’t and it is caus­ing us a lot of trou­ble, so I have to make sure the club gets that right.

Dale’s last two games have seen nine goals con­ceded, none scored in two heavy de­feats. But Hill in­sists the cur­rent prob­lems are ‘fix­able.’

“We’ve lost six points [over the Christ­mas pe­riod] but we’ve got to now start max­imis­ing our op­por­tu­ni­ties over the next 20 games. It’s broke at this mo­ment in time, but, trust me, it’s fix­able.

“If you keep look­ing too deep and you keep look­ing for a num­ber of so­lu­tions, you’ll never find it. You’ve got to try and come up with right per­mu­ta­tion within the squad of play­ers that we’ve got. We did last sea­son from a worst po­si­tion than we’re in now. We had 22 points and were rock bot­tom at this time in the sea­son hav­ing just lost our fourth game on the bounce.

“I’m very mind­ful of the sit­u­a­tion that we’re in. It’s go­ing to dif­fi­cult, which it al­ways is, but we won’t run away from that fight. We’re pre­pared to do the hard miles.

“I’m op­ti­mistic and I’m also a bit de­flated with the two re­sults, but when you un­der­line them, re­gard­less of the goals – yes, there are things that have to be put right, but it’s six points that we’ve lost and we’re eight points up on last sea­son, so we’re a lit­tle bit in ad­vance of our­selves on the board in terms of the league. I un­der­stand it doesn’t look great and there is a lit­tle bit of in­con­sis­tency, but you have to find so­lu­tions and that’s what we in­tend to do.

“The game of foot­ball is not played on a com­puter, it’s played out there on the pitch and you have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your ac­tions out there on the pitch and run to prob­lems. You have to try to dif­fuse them at source, but I don’t feel we did that. I saw play­ers mak­ing some silly mis­takes, but I un­der­stand it as well. I have been that player out on the pitch, you get ex­posed and you run away from it rather than to it and make your­self look worse.”

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