‘I will get it right’: John Coleman vows to get Rochdale back on track, but insists players must play part

By Suraj Radia

Cutting out Rochdale’s defensive errors is the first step to putting things right at the League Two club, believes boss John Coleman.

The Dale sit 14th in League Two on the back of a last-minute defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, leaving Coleman’s side on a run of eight defeats in ten games.

The former Accrington Stanley boss, who insisted he loved the club, admitted he and his players must play their part and cut the errors out of their game.

“I love my job, I love the club and I’ll work my hardest to get it right – and I will get it right,” Coleman told BBC Radio Manchester. “

“The first thing we’ve got to do is stop conceding goals. Every week we concede a howler and we conceded another howler on Saturday.

“We work, we prepare and we do everything right. You can’t legislate for the mistakes that we’re making.”

Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that midfielders Ian Craney, 30, and Ray Putterill, 23, have been released.

The pair signed on non-contract terms in August with Putterill making 22 appearances and Craney featuring nine times.

“It is unfortunate for both players and they will probably feel that they haven’t had enough first team opportunities,” Coleman told the club’s website.

“But we have gone with what we thought was right at the time and possibly we’ve given other people too long in the side.

“We have to start clearing the decks in order to bring other people in and as it stands they are the ones who are not contracted to the club until the end of the season, so they are the victims of circumstance.

“They’re two very good lads, they give their all and they’ve got good personalities so it has been a difficult decision, but a decision made purely on football terms and I think they respect that.”

Image courtesy of Rochdale AFC, with thanks.

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