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Ex-Robin Hill handed reins at Rochdale again

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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FORMER Cheltenham Town defender Keith Hill has rejoined Rochdale as manager.

Weather permitting, the first match of his second spell in charge will be at the Abbey Business Stadium on Friday night.

Hill guided Rochdale to their first promotion for 41 years in 2010 after missing out in the play-offs twice.

He then equalled the club's best-ever finish of ninth in the third tier.

Hill switched to Barnsley, but was sacked on December 29 with the Tykes struggling in the lower reaches of the Championship and, 19 months after leaving, Hill is back at Spotland.

He said: "Rochdale Football Club will, and always will 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 their support. That is crucial if we are going to go forward. I'm delighted to be back and cannot wait to get started."

Hill joined Steve Cotterill's Cheltenham from Rochdale in the summer of 2001.

He made only two starts and three substitute appearances for the Robins before falling out of favour.

The former Blackburn Rovers man was loaned to Wrexham and joined Morecambe at the end of the season, where he finished his playing days.

Cheltenham were beaten 4-1 at Rochdale on December 21.

Former Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman saw his team lose four of their next five games, costing him his job on Monday.

Friday night's match is in doubt due to the freezing weather conditions forecast, with the pitch smothered in snow.

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