Cheltenham Town: Ex-Robins defender takes over at Rochdale
Rochdale have appointed former Cheltenham Town defender Keith Hill as their new manager.
Hill will take over the managerial reigns with immediate effect following the sacking of John Coleman yesterday and is contracted to the club until May 31, 2013.
The first match of his second spell will be against the Robins on Friday night, weather permitting.
The 43-year-old, who was the most successful manager in Rochdale’s history, returns to Spotland after leaving Barnsley in December.
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He said: "When the club approached me about coming back to Spotland I didn’t hesitate,"
"Rochdale will always remain dear to me, and to be honest it was a no-brainer.
"I'll be here until the end of the season and we will take stock of the situation then. Until then we have an 18 game season to think about, to plan and to achieve so that's what I, the players and staff will be doing.
"We also need the fans to get behind us and give us all your support, that is crucial if we are going to go forward. I’m delighted to be back and cannot wait to get started."
Hill will work with the club’s current coaching staff, Chris Beech and Tony Ellis, and will take charge of training on Wednesday as he prepares for Friday night’s trip to Whaddon Road.
Chairman Chris Dunphy said: “This is not a position we, as a club, would liked to have found ourselves in, but after a recent run of poor form it was important that we acted now. I am delighted that Keith has decided to take the job and I am confident in his experience and his ability to work and develop our current squad.”