Keith Hill: Rochdale return for former Barnsley manager


Keith Hill has returned for a second spell as Rochdale manager, replacing John Coleman, who was sacked on Monday.

The 43-year-old is back at Spotland just 19 months after leaving the club to become boss of Barnsley.

Hill was dismissed on 29 December with the Tykes struggling in the lower reaches of the Championship.

He enjoyed a successful first spell as Dale manager, winning promotion to the third tier in 2010 and then equalling their best ever league finish.

Keith Hill's Rochdale record

Keith Hill

Games in charge: 231

Won: 101 Drawn: 59 Lost: 71

2008: Lost to Stockport County in League Two play-off final at Wembley

2009: Lost to Gillingham in play-off semi-final

2010: Won automatic promotion after finishing third in League Two

2011: Finished ninth in League One - their first season in the third tier since 1973-74 - before joining Barnsley

Hill, who has agreed a deal until the end of the season, told the club website:  "When the club approached me about coming back to Spotland, I didn't hesitate.

"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's first game at the helm will be at Cheltenham on Friday.

Chairman Chris Dunphy added: "This is not a position we, as a club, would have 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."

Coleman and assistant Jimmy Bell were sacked after 12 months in charge.

Dale are 14th in League Two, having lost eight of their last 10 matches.