Sources: West Brom coach Stockdale agrees to be new Rochdale manager
West Brom coach Robbie Stockdale has agreed to be the new Rochdale manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
Brian Barry-Murphy quit the north-west club last month and this site broke the news on Tuesday that he is set to be appointed Man City Under-23s boss.
A Rochdale source has told Football Insider that Stockdale is set to be named Barry-Murphy’s successor.
Terms have been agreed following a breakthrough in talks and he is expected to sign a contract with the League Two outfit.
The 41-year-old joined Albion last December following Sam Allardyce’s appointment.
Stockdale also worked with Allardyce at Sunderland and had a spell as assistant manager under Paul Heckingbottom at Hibs.
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Rochdale will be his first full-time manager’s job after he spent two spells in temporary charge of Sunderland and a spell in joint temporary charge of Grimsby Town in 2011.
Across his seven games in temporary charge at both clubs, he won three games, drew two and lost two.
Rochdale suffered relegation from League One last season after finishing in 21st-place, just a point away from safety.
They lost just one of their final seven games but their efforts were not enough to prevent relegation.
Barry-Murphy subsequently quit the Dale after over a decade-long association with the club.
He signed as a player in 2010 before becoming a coach when he retired eight years later.
The 42-year-old was appointed as manager in 2019 after a spell in temporary charge.