ROCHDALE have sacked manager Jim Bentley with the struggling side on the brink of dropping out of the football league.
The Dale are rock-bottom of League Two, ten points adrift of 22nd-placed Crawley, with just eight games remaining.
Bentley has been let go, along with assistant Nick Chadwick, after just seven months at Spotland.
The club confirmed the news in a short statement, saying: “Rochdale Football Club can confirm that it has parted company with First Team Manager Jim Bentley.
“Assistant Manager Nick Chadwick will also depart the club.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to Jim and Nick, and wish them every success in the future.
“Jim McNulty will take interim charge of the team until the end of the season, starting with Saturday’s game at AFC Wimbledon.”
Bentley, 46, was brought in earlier this season to replace Robbie Stockdale after the club lost its first four league games.
No team in the EFL’s bottom division has lost more games than their 24 this season.
The Dale were in League One just two year ago and finished 18th last year in their return
The club have not been out of the football league since they first