‘I’ll sort them’: Rochdale boss John Coleman confident in his ability to drag club out of slump

By Oliver Rhodes

Rochdale manager John Coleman was adamant in his belief as the person to turn around the club’s ill fortunes, despite defeat to Aldershot Town. 

Ashley Grimes netted twice for Rochdale, but goals from Dani Lopez, Peter Vincenti, Danny Rose’s penalty and Craig Reid provided victory for low-lying Aldershot – Ben Herd was also dismissed for the hosts during injury-time. 

Slumping to 15th in League Two, the defeat marked Rochdale’s fourth consecutive defeat, but Coleman believed he remains the right man for the job.

“I have an unshakable belief in my own ability,” Coleman told the club website.

“I know I am a good manager and I know I have been through adverse times before and fought through.

“I certainly will not be hoping someone else will come and sort the problems out for me – I’ll sort them out myself.”

After no points in the last four games, Rochdale have conceded 13 goals and Coleman admitted his defence appears weak.  

“It is the third week running we have conceded three goals in the first half,” he added.

“We have proved over the last four games that we are no way near good enough defensively.

“I have to take the responsibility for signing those players and playing them.

“Maybe in hindsight, I would have used more of my budget on an experienced centre half. 

“The initial thought was that they were going to be good enough, but it might be that the exposure to the amount of games has caught up with them.”

Coleman said he must continue to work with the squad at his disposal until the January transfer window opens. 

The ex-Accrington Stanley boss believed his side allowed Aldershot to seize the initiative, especially in the opening half. 

The 50-year-old manager also added Friday’s meeting with promotion pushers Cheltenham Town is growing in significance.

“Friday night is rapidly becoming the biggest game of my life and I hope the players appreciate that,” Coleman said. 

Image courtesy of Rochdale FC, with thanks.

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