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Eyre Force One
Eyre Force One
Sunday, 12th Jun 2011 16:42 by Col

The bookies have stopped taking bets on the vacant manager's job at Spotland, with all reports suggesting that City youth supremo Steve Eyre will be named as the new Dale boss on Monday.

As we reported on Friday, there's not a great deal known about Eyre. What we do know is that he is very well thought of within the game, he has been at City in various coaching positions for a number of years, and his Dad is Fred Eyre - the well known Manchester footballing personality.

Eyre's appointment has been put forward by Sky Sports with one of their "SkySports understands..." style stories both with a story on Saturday saying that he would be offered the job, and on Sunday afternoon saying that he had accepted the position.

Dale chairman Chris Dunphy had told the BBC last week that he expected an announcement to be made on Monday.

 

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geraldo added 17:55 - Jun 12
If this is true then as a supporter of 30 years plus I will feel cheated.
Mr Dunphy clearly stated that he was looking for an experienced ( albeit youngish) manager so how can he justify this.
As a club on the up then we should have been looking for someone with credentials not someone who was in the frame for the Stockport job!!
We need to sign a goalie, central defender possibly a midfielder to replace Jonah and definitely 1/2 strikers, the majority of whom will come from Lgs 1 and 2 .What will this guy no about these leagues.
One thing in his favour I suppose he comes cheap,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Tom_Cobbley added 18:01 - Jun 12
Geraldo. The Chairman said he wanted someone 'young and vibrant' who had more experience than Keith Hill, when the latter was appointed a manager of Rochdale.

Steve Eyre fits that bill perfectly, and the Chairman is to be congratulated on the appointment. When our club can lure an established and well respected member of staff from a key position at a Premiership club, then you know we are doing something right.

Far from feeling 'cheated' as you put it, I think this is a forward looking, exciting appointment, and I wish him well.
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pedrodale added 18:01 - Jun 12
Fair point there Geraldo
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pedrodale added 18:03 - Jun 12
Fair point there Tom
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onedalefan added 21:04 - Jun 12
From what I hear, he is part of an excellent team from City's youth management and could be be good for bringing through youngsters and using contacts to bring in players who could do a job at our level. Let's see.
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Nattio added 21:33 - Jun 12
I think that someone like this may well thrive at a club like ours... just as Hilly did. We have a good foundation for someone like Eyre to build upon. He obviously knows how to develop youngsters and i think that can only be a good thing for a club like us. I think "feeling cheated" and things like that are ridiculous comments. Rochdale have now been moved into the 21st century, thanks to Hilly and co, why cant the fans who give these silly comments come along for the ride instead of moaning on the same day semi-official news is released.
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qlrken05 added 21:41 - Jun 12
Good piont Tom, I think this is a Brill signing by the club, As a supporter for over 50 years I can only see this last 4 and half years as a fantasic stepping stone for what a brilliant future we have at the Dale, We have waited a long long time for this moment, Thank you HillCroft and all the very best for the future, But as for right here right now we are...... EYRE's Barmy army...... COME ON THE DALE
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geraldo added 23:51 - Jun 12
I think you are all missing the point. we are no longer a club that should feel grateful about having somebody as manager, we are in a position where people should want to manage us. Someone like Ian Dowie or maybe Mark Robins but not someone with no pedigree.
Are we expecting this guy to fill our team with City youngsters?

We have replaced arguably the best manager in the bottom two leagues with somebody nobody has heard of - wake up and smell the coffee,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!
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geraldo added 23:54 - Jun 12
I think you are all missing the point. we are no longer a club that should feel grateful about having somebody as manager, we are in a position where people should want to manage us. Someone like Ian Dowie or maybe Mark Robins but not someone with no pedigree.
Are we expecting this guy to fill our team with City youngsters?

We have replaced arguably the best manager in the bottom two leagues with somebody nobody has heard of - wake up and smell the coffee,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!
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geraldo added 23:54 - Jun 12
I think you are all missing the point. we are no longer a club that should feel grateful about having somebody as manager, we are in a position where people should want to manage us. Someone like Ian Dowie or maybe Mark Robins but not someone with no pedigree.
Are we expecting this guy to fill our team with City youngsters?

We have replaced arguably the best manager in the bottom two leagues with somebody nobody has heard of - wake up and smell the coffee,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!
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geraldo added 23:54 - Jun 12
I think you are all missing the point. we are no longer a club that should feel grateful about having somebody as manager, we are in a position where people should want to manage us. Someone like Ian Dowie or maybe Mark Robins but not someone with no pedigree.
Are we expecting this guy to fill our team with City youngsters?

We have replaced arguably the best manager in the bottom two leagues with somebody nobody has heard of - wake up and smell the coffee,,,,,,,,,!!!!!!!!
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geraldo added 23:58 - Jun 12
It is now official as it is on the club website - I hope I am wrong but I think this could prove a disaster
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rafc1984 added 00:05 - Jun 13
Personally I think this is an inovative and very clever appointment, yes its a gamble, so is every new person in a job. Lets get behind Steve and see what happens.
Not too much to lose and plenty to gain, is the way i'm looking at it.
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downunder added 01:35 - Jun 13
Look at it this way. If Steve Eyre brings in a few academy players from City, and just one of them shines on the pitch, and is sold on for around half a million, he will have done his job. We remain a selling club with low attendances. Hopefully while that player is shining in our team, we will be continuing to win games and stay near the top of League 1. Fingers crossed, he may develop several stars. Hopefully he will not be like the aforementioned Dowie and Robins, who have failures on their CV's. I was hoping we got Pemberton, but still happy with this appointment, especially as it seems there is no compensation payout involved .
Good work Mr Dunphy IMHO
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MyKindOfTeam added 10:02 - Jun 13
Fully behind Steve, Done a good job already and will know the best young players from the reserve leagues to add to our squad, and thats what Rochdale is all about, watching young talented players add strength to the team.

Have faith and give this guy a chance.
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Mass_Debater added 10:21 - Jun 13
Geraldo, as soon as you said how long you had been watching Dale, the rest of your comments were irrelevant.

How come you have never posted on here before? Are you Izzit under a new handle?
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frenzied added 11:23 - Jun 13
i woudnt get bogged down with the thought of City players coming to Dale,im sure he will be aware of possibilities elsewhere as well .. a brave decision by all concerned
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RAFC_1994 added 12:31 - Jun 13
Really excited for the next few weeks, and for the coming season. Dowie has failed at several clubs since his success at palace, and he is out of a job for a reason, Eyre does have a little experience, 21 years of experience. He will have his own ideas, and I'm delighted at his appointment. Steve Eyre's Barmy Army!
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dribdrab added 14:18 - Jun 13
Geraldo,
Not sure I follow your point on this.
It seems an excellent signing to me.
Or would you rather we had a failed manager that you've heard of?
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macro added 14:46 - Jun 13
agree 100% dribdrab, better Eyre than a washed up has been such as Davey or Simmo
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Londondale added 18:52 - Jun 13
For God's sake geraldo. If you've been watching the Dale as long a you claim you should be aware of some of the crap we've had to endure. And, you should know after the last 5 years to bloody five people a chance. What did you say when hilly was appointed eh? Bet you represent the contingent asking or eyre's was if we don't win a few games. I rarely get wound up on this board but to feel the need to spout negativity as an original poster on this thread smacks of attention seeking and is unecessary. Wait 12 months before questioning the judgment of our chairman, after what he's done for the club, you should be more respectful and patient.

You should be aware that if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be where we are now, and the quality of Steve eyre wouldn't be applying for our job. It would be Alan Buckley, Paul Simpson and Steve parkin.

We've invested in a coach of over 20 years experience of working with some of the best players in the country, what more do you want? Ian dowie? Mark robins? Good god.
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Phil26 added 19:24 - Jun 13
An innovative appointment in my mind, let's not forget that the priciple's of the club are to keep showing the way of how to try and run a football club as a true business. Live within your means. Look at Stockport after they beat us in the play off final.. Not even Man City or Chelsea could alter the course of last season. Que sera.... Keith Hill did a good job, but he obviously felt he couldn't take Rochdale any further! Once he had set that seed it would have been Down Hill.. Let's judge Steve Eyre on his talent, I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Finally, all the gates need to be at 4,000 plus next season, . Let's get behind Steve and this excellent board. What a season to look forward to!
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geraldo added 19:31 - Jun 13
I doubt that Simmo would have the cheek to apply, and I am sure that Davey wouldn't have made it to the 8 who were interviewed.However I hardly think anyone can call Mark Robbins a washed up has been!!
Anyway we are where we are and I await with interest to see whether Steve can persuade Jonah to stay and who he is able to attract to fill the key positions that are now vacant ( goalie, central defender and striker(s) )
Does anyone know whether Beech will be number 2?
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geraldo added 19:33 - Jun 13
I doubt that Simmo would have the cheek to apply, and I am sure that Davey wouldn't have made it to the 8 who were interviewed.However I hardly think anyone can call Mark Robbins a washed up has been!!
Anyway we are where we are and I await with interest to see whether Steve can persuade Jonah to stay and who he is able to attract to fill the key positions that are now vacant ( goalie, central defender and striker(s) )
Does anyone know whether Beech will be number 2?
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Phil26 added 20:16 - Jun 13
Come off it Gerry, perhaps you should have applied....
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