Kilpatrick aiming to build after Rochdale’s great escape under Barry-Murphy

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Rochdale chairman Andrew Kilpatrick has saluted manager Brian Barry-Murphy and his staff for guiding the club to League One safety.

Rochdale chairman Andrew Kilpatrick has saluted manager Brian Barry-Murphy and his staff for guiding the club to League One safety.

Barry-Murphy was parachuted in as Keith Hill’s replacement in March and presided over six wins in the final 11 fixtures, securing safety with a game to spare with a 1-0 victory over Southend.

In his end-of-season message on the club’s official website, Kilpatrick said: ‘In the dark days of early March when we were 23rd in the League, it was hard to envisage that we would have secured our League One survival with one match to spare.

‘This is a great testament to the positive changes that Brian Barry-Murphy, Tony Ellis, Lee Riley and their team have made since taking over.

‘Nor should we forget the foundations that were laid by Keith Hill and Chris Beech in previous seasons and as a club, we will always be grateful for the very positive contributions they made during their time at Rochdale.

‘The response of the players to the management change has been magnificent.

‘ Kilpatrick added:’It would have been all too easy to have accepted what looked to be our fate, but the attitude, determination and sheer will to win they have displayed has been something about which we – and they – can be immensely proud and again, this can give us hope that we can build on these foundations.’

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