Former Hibs and Sunderland coach Robbie Stockdale has been appointed as manager of English Football League club Rochdale.

Stockdale was part of Paul Heckingbottom’s coaching staff at Hibs while the 41-year-old also has extensive experience with Sunderland. He was most recently with West Brom and now becomes Rochdale boss ahead of the 2021/22 English League Two season.

Robbie Stockdale is his own man.

Robbie Stockdale is his own man. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Rochdale chairman Simon Gauge said of the former Hibs and Sunderland coach: “I am thrilled that we have been able to announce Robbie Stockdale as the new Rochdale manager. Having worked under Sam Allardyce as First Team Coach at West Brom last season, he is ambitious to step up and take his opportunity to be the manager at our club.

“He was a vastly experienced player, playing across the leagues and proved himself as a coach working through the academies to then working as an assistant to some of the biggest names in football.

“He has done a great deal of research about our club and is already aware of the areas of strength and weaknesses within our squad, and he is undoubtedly ready to hit the ground running. It is a real coup for Rochdale AFC to attract a manager of Robbie’s quality.”

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