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Coley: I learnt a lot as Dale boss

22 November 2018

John Coleman will return to his former club Rochdale on Saturday and says he learnt a lot in his year at Spotland.

Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell made the move to Dale in January 2012 but they suffered relegation from League One and the pair left in January 2013.

Coleman returns to Spotland, taking the tenth-placed Reds to face Keith Hill's Rochdale, who are in 18th place in League One, eight points behind Stanley.

“I learnt a lot from my time at Rochdale,” said Coleman. “I think it made me a better manager and possibly a better person.

“I think at the time, I wasn't right for Rochdale and they weren't right for me.

“I do not regret the move as there is no point dwelling on the past or regretting it as you cannot change it.

“I think when I joined, the odds were we going to go down but there were a couple of turning points.

“I remember playing against Walsall, our relegation rivals, and we were 2-0 down, got it back to 2-2 and scored with seconds remaining to take the lead. Then they went straight down the other end and scored with a header from around 25 yards. We went from euphoria to desolation in around 10 seconds.

“We also missed a penalty in the last minute to Sheffield Wednesday when we had dominated the game. These were little points that were key in us going down.

“I don't think we were doing too badly in League Two the season after, we had some good performances but we weren't consistent enough.

“If I had my time over again, I would do things differently in my approach. I tried to use the blue print at Accrington and it probably wasn't the right thing to do.

“When I joined, it was a step up, they were in a higher league than Accrington, they were better run club and had better facilities.

“I learnt though you can't impose what you want to do as quickly as you want. You cannot impress your ethos on players, they have to work with you, trust you and you have to build relationships and that takes time.

“But it's water under the bridge. I bear no one any animosity and I get on well with Keith Hill. They are a good attacking side, they commit men forward.

“They have had a mixed bag of results but it should be an entertaining game.

“People will possibly make more of it than I will about going back to Rochdale, it's just another game for me. It would be nice to win but that's the same for every game.”


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