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Cheltenham Town: Ex-Robins defender takes over at Rochdale

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

Keith Hill in action for Cheltenham Town

Keith Hill in action for Cheltenham Town

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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.

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.”

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  • CheltRobin  |  January 22 2013, 5:35PM

    Sid - even if 98 per cent of the debt is the Chairmans, he's going to want it back, how are the club going to do this? There is obviously a cash flow problem at the club as Di Canio has been told there's no money for new signings in Jan and they might even have to sell players during the transfer window - why is happening to a promoted club, doing well an with good support? They have over stretched themselves and is not a good financial way to run a club and its not fair to clubs such as Chelt Town who have nothing like the same amount of debt as Swindon and try as best they can to run their clubs within their financial means.

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  • sensible_sid  |  January 22 2013, 3:00PM

    IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS TODAY ! (21/1) "Message for CheltRobin and all the other people who were gloating at Swindon Town's alleged imminent demise following an article written by Chris Dunlavy (an OXFORD based journalist not that an OXFORD based journalist would write anything bad about Swindon Town) CheltRobin., do you still believe that Swindon Town should be (to quote you) Rightfully punished now that the truth has come out? I also come and pay to watch Chelt Town play occasionally and was disappointed at the lynch mob mentality exhibited on here.. I'd have been really pleased if Paul Benson had signed for CTFC as that wouldve given me more reason to come to your games! The moral of the story is DONT believe everything that you read in the press.. especially if its written by a journalist based in OXFORD who delighted in calling Swindon 'cheats' and then has to swallow his pride and print a retraction. You have to question the editorial control which allowed this untrue article to be written.. From : http://tinyurl.com/bxegavp SWINDON TOWN: Town receive apology from Football League Paper 1:21pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 in News Town receive apology from Football League Paper Town receive apology from Football League Paper SWINDON Town have released a statement in which they reveal they have accepted an apology from the Football League Paper regarding an article published on Sunday. The piece, by staff writer Chris Dunlavy, suggested the club committed "financial doping" and "virtually cheated" their way to the League Two title last season. Town also confirm that the Football League Paper will pay damages. The statement read: "Swindon Town Football Club have today accepted the following apology from the Football League Paper following the article which appeared on Sunday 20th January. A letter was issued to the paper on Monday, demanding a retraction of the article, allied to an unreserved apology and a request for damages. All of these have been agreed to by the Football League Paper." Swindon also made public the apology sent by Mr Dunlavy, which reads: "Dear Sirs, I am writing to offer my unreserved apologies for my article in the Football League Paper on Sunday 20 January under the headline 'Swindon Town: The 'cheats' who really prospered'. It has been made abundantly clear to me by Swindon supporters that I have made a grave misrepresentation. Swindon Town's debt is owned 98 per cent by Andrew Black, the owner of the club, so no-one has 'gone unpaid' as I wrongly suggested. My intention had been to raise the wider issue of insolvency and debt in football, and more precisely the need for clubs to move towards self-sustainability. I saw Sir William Patey's reported comments about administration and used this as the basis for my comments. I chose the wrong target and for that I am genuinely sorry. Chris Dunlavy" Football League Paper editor in chief, David Emery said: "Chris Dunlavy is a fine young journalist who on this occasion allowed his crusading instincts to obscure the true facts. It is a harsh lesson. "Another regret of this unhappy episode is that, until now, Chris had always enjoyed good relations with Swindon and found the club to be both helpful and accommodating." In addition, the Football League Paper will make a £500 charity donation to Swindon's chosen charity of the year, the Wiltshire Air Ambulance."

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  • CheltRobin  |  January 22 2013, 12:56PM

    All the best Keith in your 2nd spell at Rochdale, just not for Friday's match, if it goes ahead. We could do with a bit of revenge after getting tanked 4-1 at Spotland just before Xmas.

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