Jim Bentley sacked as Rochdale manager as team lies at the bottom of League Two

Jim Bentley won seven of his 36 games in charge of Rochdale in all competitions, losing 20
Jim Bentley won seven of his 36 games in charge of Rochdale in all competitions, losing 20

Rochdale sacks Manager Jim Bentley after seven months of appointment

Rochdale, the bottom side in League Two, has relieved Jim Bentley of his managerial duties after a brief seven-month stint.

Jim McNulty has been appointed as the caretaker manager until the end of the season, while his assistant Nick Chadwick has also left the club.

Jim Bentley was appointed as the club’s manager to replace Robbie Stockdale after Rochdale lost their first four league games of the season.

During his tenure, Rochdale had a disappointing record, winning only six out of 32 league games and being 10 points away from 22nd-placed Crawley, with just eight games left.

Lamenting Jim and Nick, the club wished them every success in the future, calling them out for their service in a club statement.

Their recent game against Crawley was their 24th league loss of the season, plunging the club closer to relegation from the English Football League.

Rochdale has had a disappointing spell in League Two this term, losing more games than any other team in English football’s fourth tier.

Just two years ago, Rochdale was playing in League One, but relegation in 2020-21 saw the club finish in 18th place last term. The club had been promoted in 2013-14 and went on to struggle for form, registering their first league victory in late September against Colchester.

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