Steve Eyre moves to Rochdale
- 13 June 2011 12:56
- Posted by Chris Bailey
City youth team coach Steve Eyre has been appointed the new Rochdale manager.
He has been handed a three-year contract.
It is Eyre’s first managerial post and he joins other City luminaries in a highly competitive League One. Paul Dickov (Oldham), Gary Megson (Sheffield Wednesday) and Uwe Rosler (Brentford) will be three of the men in the opposition dugouts.
“I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Eyre who spent 21-years at City.
“Of course it is an emotional wrench leaving the Blues especially when the club has just had such hugely successful season and looks poised to go on to even better things but this is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
“Rochdale is a well-run club with a loyal band of supporters and one which has ambition to move a step higher. It mirrors my own ambition. There are some good players at the club and hopefully with my contacts in the game I can bring a few more in.”
The 39-year-old is understood to have been preferred to several international star names in landing the Spotland post and has already been welcomed into the managerial fraternity with open arms.
“Several managers have been on to congratulate me,” he went on.
I am under no illusions about how difficult a job management is but I won’t fail for lack of attention to detail, effort or enthusiasm, I promise all Dale fans that much
Eyre, who will appoint a number two later in the week, was eager to thank all those at City who have helped him along the way.
“I was privileged to have been part of the club’s most successful ever period in producing young talent,” he added.
“Alex Williams, Jim Cassell and Paul Power have all been a big influence on helping me mature into a decent coach and in recent times I have to thank Mark Allen and Scott Sellars for their encouragement and faith and Brian Kidd and Andy Welsh for giving me chance to shine with the EDS side,” he added.
“Brian Marwood and Garry Cook have both offered words of support and there are others no longer at the club who have been invaluable to me in my career.
“I will never forget the run to the 2008 FA Youth Cup final and the two-legged win over Chelsea. That was a real highlight but on a day to day basis producing good players and improving players is what I have been about and I think I have done that well. I am proud of lots of the young players that came through the Academy and are now earning a living from football.
“Now I want success for Rochdale.”