ROCHDALE have released manager Brian Barry-Murphy from his contract at his request.
It is believed Barry-Murphy is under consideration to become the next Manchester City U23 manager.
The Corkman had two of Man City's youngsters on loan with him last year and it is believed the Man City board and manager Pep Guardiola are keen to get Barry-Murphy involved with the club.
They have been very impressed with the style of football Barry-Murphy plays and it is believed he is a serious candidate for the job.
The former Dale player has been in charge of the club since March 2019.
A club statement read: “The board of directors have reluctantly agreed, after careful consideration, to release Brian Barry-Murphy from his contract at his personal request, having been approached by the manager’s representative.
“Lee Riley and Jim McNulty will take temporary charge of first-team affairs until a permanent successor can be found.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to Brian for his service to the club over the last 11 years, in his roles as player, coach and manager.” Barry-Murphy is the son of Cork GAA legend Jimmy Barry-Murphy and began his professional career at Cork City.