Rochdale return ‘no-brainer’ for Keith Hill as former Barnsley boss takes over from John Coleman at Spotland

By Mancunian Matters staff

Returning Rochdale boss Keith Hill believe his new charges have an ’18-game season’ to rescue their League Two play-off hopes after being confirmed as John Coleman’s replacement.

The 43-year-old, who left Spotland in the summer of 2011 to take over at Barnsley, but was sacked by Championship club in December, will be in charge until May.

But Hill admitted the lure of returning to Spotland after Coleman’s sacking last night was too much to reject and is aiming to get started straight away.

“When the club approached me about coming back to Spotland, I didn’t hesitate,” said Hill.

“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.”

Hill, who guided the club to promotion from League Two in 2010, admitted his love for the club never went away.

And he immediately echoed the calls of his predecessor Coleman for the Dale fans to get behind the team as they bid to reach the play-offs.

“Rochdale Football Club will, and always will remain dear to me, and to be honest it was a no-brainer,” said Hill.

“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 before Friday night’s trip to Cheltenham Town.

Rochdale chairman Chris Dunphy revealed his delight at Hill’s return, but admitted he would have preferred the club were not in the position to take the decision to sack Coleman.

“After a recent run of poor form it was important that we acted now,” said Dunphy.

“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.”

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