Ex-Sunderland coach and Middlesbrough defender Robbie Stockdale lands Rochdale manager job

Rochdale have appointed former Sunderland coach and Middlesbrough defender Robbie Stockdale as their new manager on a two-year contract.

The 41-year-old is a permanent replacement for Brian Barry-Murphy who left the club in June following their relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

Stockdale told the club’s website: “It was obviously a disappointing season in the end last year due to relegation, but we want to bounce back.

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“I’ve come here to win; that’s the main priority. We want to be really positive and we want to be an attacking team with high energy that supporters enjoy coming to watch.

Robbie Stockdale.

“The fans are such a huge part of the club and we owe it to them to give 100 per cent in every game and try to get some positive results on the pitch.”

Stockdale started his coaching career at Grimsby in 2010 before spending six years on the coaching staff at Sunderland, where he had three stints as caretaker manager.

After assisting Paul Heckingbottom at Hibernian, he reunited with former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce as first-team coach at West Brom in 2020.

Stockdale’s former clubs as a player include Middlesbrough, Rotherham, Hull, Tranmere and Grimsby and he also had loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham.

Rochdale finished 21st in League One last season and were relegated to the fourth tier for the first time since 2012-13.

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