Look who wants the Rochdale job

Last updated : 22 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

The club is Rochdale and this season, despite losing manager Steve Parkin, they did make the play offs. Parkin moved to Barnsley but took them down and almost found himself back in the same division as Rochdale.

John Hollins took over but he has gone now after failing to agree terms with the board at Spotland and the job is up for grabs. There have apparently been 42 applications for the job and certainly some of those will be from people with good credentials.

Northern Ireland boss Sammy McIlroy has been linked with the job as has current caretaker boss at Halifax Neil Redfearn.

Worryingly though for the Rochdale fans is the appearance of a former England player in the running for the job, none other than Chris Waddle. Many Burnley fans said they never wanted to see him within miles of Turf Moor again and the sixteen miles between the two grounds could be too close.

Of course he has been selling himself well and one group of online Rochdale fans are all for the appointment and pointed to his success at Burnley. Just recently he has spoken for the first time about his departure from the Turf and said he could no longer work with the board at that time. It seems he had fallen out with chairman Frank Teasdale and went the same way as Heath for the same apparent reason as Heath.

But four years later he still thinks he is capable of managing a football club. This time he would go into a job without The Sinister One Glenn Roeder who has somehow managed to pick up Premiership results at West Ham.

Waddle has said he has not applied for the job but five years ago he was saying the same about the vacancy at Turf Moor. It would be a massive gamble by Rochdale to appoint him and one that would not be likely to bring about success.