STAGS HAMMERED AS DEARDEN LEAVES CLUB
Mansfield Town 0-4 Rochdale
Jones 26, 56, Le Fondre 46, Howe 66.
Att: 2,351 (373 from Rochdale)
Martin Shaw and sw19Stag at Field Mill
Mansfield Town were hammered 4-0 at home by Rochdale this afternoon. After the game as we waited for the post match press conference, Billy Dearden walked past us and was led into a meeting with Stephen Booth and James Derry. Ten minutes later, the press were ushered into a room where we met Stephen Booth and James Derry. Stephen Booth announced that Billy Dearden was leaving the club by mutual consent with immediate effect. James Derry gave his thanks for the work that Billy had done, and Stephen Booth added that they hoped to announce a successor before Tuesday's game. Full audio and photographs **now below**. A few minutes after the press conference had finished, Billy Dearden emerged and got into his car saying that he didn't really want to talk about it until Monday. He looked stunned and upset and drove off, stopping his car and winding his window down to talk to Matt Hamshaw who was the only player in the car park at that time. Moments later, Dearden left the car park. As we went back into the club offices and played out some of the press conference on tape, Paul Holland came in and listened to it briefly, and was visibly shocked by the news and upset.
Full audio and photographs from Stephen Booth and James Derry press conference here
Audio interview with John Mullins from Radio Nottingham here
Audio interview with James Derry from Mansfield 103.2 with Tony Delahunty at 6pm here
Back to the game. Well the Stags were not too bad in the first half, but a bad mistake by Jelleyman gifted Rochdale a cheap goal they didn't really deserve. The second half however saw a complete capitulation by a team that showed no idea, no toughness, no resilience, no tactics, and very little skill. In short the second half was pathetic, to quote James Derry in the press conference. Rochdale couldn't believe their luck coming out to face practically no opposition, and with Adam Rundle, Le Fondre, Howe and Higginbottom embarrassing the Stags defence time and again, they scored three and squandered several more very good chances. By the end the ground had half-emptied and the players left to a chorus of boos and chants of Dearden Out. The rest as they say is history.
Stagsnet player ratings now in the Match Centre
All at SSA thank Billy Dearden for his tireless work at Field Mill over many many years, and wish him good luck for the future.
Keith Hill Rochdale manager, reaction:
Keith Hill hailed stalwart Gary Jones as Rochdale's 4-0 demolition of Mansfield brought Billy Dearden's spell in charge at Field Mill to an end.
Jones netted twice and further goals from Adam Le Fondre and Rene Howe reignited Dale hopes of reaching the play-offs.
"We did a very professional job," said Hill. "We looked like we could score at every opportunity, we got the ball wide, got crosses in and kept a clean sheet so everyone was happy.
"I was pleased for Gary Jones to score twice as he broke the club record appearances. It is really a privilege having him play for Rochdale.
"He is nowhere near finished and is going to smash that record. He made a big commitment signing for us and is reaping the rewards now as are we.
"I can see what we are planning here with this young squad and he wants to be part of it. It keeps him youthful too."
Buxton battle cry as skipper pays tribute to departing Stags boss
CHAD, by John Lomas
STAGS skipper Jake Buxton on Saturday night paid tribute to departed manager Billy Dearden on behalf of the team- and insisted the club can still avoid the drop.
He also said it didn't matter who came in as the new manager this week or what methods they employed just as long as the club stay up.
Dearden's 14-month third spell at the club came to an end after today's 4-0 home drubbing by Rochdale - Stags' eighth home defeat in nine games.
"What disappointed me most about Billy going today was the timing," said Buxton.
Full story at CHAD website here
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