Plot­ting path to bet­ter times


EVER the for­ward plan­ner, Keith Hill is plot­ting a way out of Rochdale’s cur­rent malaise – but in­sists some per­spec­tive is called for amid the ‘drama.’

With Andy Can­non, Har­ri­son McGa­hey, Sam Hart, Bren­dan Moore and David Perkins hav­ing left the club in the last week – and Rory Holden com­ing in – squad num­bers are light.

“We are mak­ing plans. We know the games we’ve got com­ing up and we know the play­ers we’ve got avail­able,” said Hill. “We know there are play­ers out there we would like to recruit but we have to be re­al­is­tic and I think ev­ery­one has to be re­al­is­tic.

“There is a lot of drama at the minute be­ing cre­ated and I keep hav­ing to re­mind peo­ple that in 1981 we had to be re­in­stated into the Foot­ball League! This is a club I love, I am a sup­porter, so I am not hav­ing a go at any­one or at the his­tory of the club – but a lit­tle bit of per­spec­tive.”

Hill feels his play­ers de­serve credit rather than crit­i­cism for the way they are fronting up to the cur­rent strug­gle for form and con­fi­dence.

“I want the play­ers to be ad­mired for the courage they are show­ing, even though they are get­ting it wrong,” he said.

“They are not run­ning away, I didn’t see too many giv­ing up and it’s im­por­tant even in your big­gest anger and dis­ap­point­ment that you try to be sup­port­ive of them play­ers.

“I know it is hard but trust me, if the sup­port­ers do that the play­ers will feel warm and they will re­act bet­ter to it. We have to give the play­ers their be­lief back and the sup­port­ers can go a long way to do­ing that. They don’t have to give me any recog­ni­tion, they don’t have to sup­port me, they can say what they want about me. But it’s im­por­tant they sup­port the team, re­gard­less of who plays, and tries to sup­port them.”

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