Rotherham Utd vs Stockport County

Don Valley, January 29, 3pm

THIS season was supposed to mark the start of a new era for Stockport County after years of financial struggle.

But should they continue in the manner they have played out the first half of the season, it could be the end of a 96 year stay in the Football League.

The fact Jim Gannon – a hero figure at Edgeley Park – opted against a return as manager following Paul Simpson’s dismissal tells you all you need to know.

Just one win at home and only one win in the last 12 sees the Hatters just two points clear of danger – but lower placed Hereford and Lincoln have four and five games in hand respectively.

MANAGER

CARETAKER boss Peter Ward faces a tough task after taking charge following the dismissal of Paul Simpson earlier this month.

Charged with boosting the squad for the relegation battle ahead, the 46-year-old is potentially gathering his own tools.

Previously a midfielder with the Hatters, Wrexham and Rochdale, Ward has been a coach at the club since 2005 except for a year with Motherwell in 2009.