Keith Hill: Rochdale fans need to back us, says manager, after "disrespectful chants"

Keith Hill
Keith Hill was in charge of Rochdale from 2006 to 2011 in his first spell

Rochdale boss Keith Hill wants fans to show him more respect after chants from a section of the crowd during their 2-0 home win against Peterborough.

Hill reached 500 games in management at Spotland as his side secured their first League One win in three matches.

"I don't like it when our supporters are singing disrespectful songs.

"To suggest I'm being sacked in the morning, it might be said in jest, but I don't like it," the 48-year-old told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I expect better support and less disrespect to the team or me.

"I can't turn water into wine. I love working for this football club on behalf of the people."

Hill returned to Rochdale for a second spell in charge in January 2013, and has guided Dale to consecutive top-10 finishes in each of the past three seasons.

However, there have been sticky patches this season, notably a run of six games without a win earlier in the campaign that had the former Barnsley boss calling for a change of mindset.

"I expect support from the chairman and the board, which I get, and from the fans," Hill said.

"It comes from a small margin, a small percentage. We're trying to build an infrastructure. People should be fighting with us, not against us.

"I signed a five year deal to show loyalty to this football club. All those supporters who keep mithering me and pestering me, keep telling me not to leave and let them down like I did when I went to Barnsley, I'm ambitious."

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