League One side Rochdale have appointed a successor to Steve Eyre, who left the club along with assistant Frankie Bunn on December 19th, after a poor string of results. Dale are set to unveil Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman at a press conference this afternoon, thus ending a 13.5 year stint for the 49 year old at the Crown Ground.
The Liverpudlian had been professional football's third longest serving manager, behind the Premier League duo of Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger, having been in charge of 587 games, including Accrington's elevation into the Football League in 2006. A veteran of the non-league circuit during his playing days, he turned out for the likes of Southport, Runcorn, Macclesfield Town, Witton Albion and Morecambe, amongst others, almost exclusively playing for clubs in Lancashire and Cheshire.
Coleman takes over a club in 23rd place in the League One table, four points from safety, and three points behind the Glovers. Since Eyre left the club, they have continued to flounder, and have not won a match since November 19th - four draws and five defeats in the nine games that have followed, with just two goals scored in their last eight matches. There's no doubt that Coleman will have a tough job to keep them afloat in the remaining 19 games.
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