Sport

‘It’s a three point business’: Keith Hill sets challenge of resurrecting dismal season in return to Rochdale dugout

By Suraj Radia

Keith Hill has targeted victory on his return to the Rochdale dugout as he takes his new side to Cheltenham Town on tonight.

Hill was re-appointed earlier this week after a run of eight defeats in ten games left them off the pace in the race for a play-off place and saw John Coleman sacked.

Hill had a successful spell in charge between 2006 and 2011 and admitted he was raring to go and believes anything is possible – even promotion.

“Football is a business but first and foremost, it’s a three point business and we want to get that feeling back at this club, starting at Cheltenham,” Hill said.

“It’s been a good few days but it’s been a preparation few days and we’ve all enjoyed it and we’re as prepared as we can be for the Cheltenham game.”

“It [promotion] can definitely be achieved again. That’s probably one of the reasons why I took up the challenge to come back.

“Looking at the squad we’ve got, I’m reasonably pleased. We’re sitting comfortably in the league and we just want to press on now.

“The season’s still alive with 18 games to play and there are a lot of points to play for.”

The Dale travel to Whaddon Road despite doubts on whether the game could be played due to freezing conditions however the pitch was given the go-ahead on Friday.

Winger Andy Haworth became Hill’s first buy since returning, with the 24-year-old signing a deal until the end of the season.

The former Blackburn trainee played under Hill when on loan at Spotland in 2010 and goes straight into the squad for the trip to Cheltenham.

Haworth’s signing adds to the options Hill has, with the Dale sporting an almost fully-fit squad to choose from, with no injury concerns hindering the side.

Image courtesy of texacoukfc via YouTube, with thanks

For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook.

Related Articles