Dale turn to Hill
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rochdale have appointed Keith Hill as their manager until the end of the season.
Rochdale have appointed Keith Hill as their new manager until the end of the season.
The 37-year-old, who had been the club's director of youth football, formally succeeds Steve Parkin at Spotland.
Hill was placed in caretaker charge by the League Two strugglers after they parted ways with Parkin following a poor run of results.
Hill led Dale to two successive 4-0 victories over Boston United and Grimsby Town, and his stewardship has prompted chairman Chris Dunphy to keep him in charge until the season's end.
Hill will have his work cut out, as Rochdale sit 19th in the League Two table and just one point above the relegation zone.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the last couple of weeks in charge and I'm now looking forward to the future," Hill told the club's official website.
"It is something I've always wanted to do since I retired from playing and it is nice to be given the opportunity to continue the job I started."
One of Hill's first tasks during the January transfer window will be to bring Sunderland winger William Mocquet back on loan and sign Chester defender Stephen Vaughan.
"William's loan has now expired, but we have already commenced communication with Sunderland about having him back," added Hill.
"He is definitely the kind of player we need at the club, the type that gets fans off their seats and excites them."
On Vaughan, he added: "Stephen is a player that has played a lot at this level of football this season and will prove to be a good acquisition for us."
The Lancashire outfit are also hoping to complete permanent deals for Carlisle United's Glenn Murray and Sheffield Wednesday's Rory McArdle, with the pair currently on loan at the club.
Two players to leave Spotland this week include striker Iyseden Christie, who returns to former club Kidderminster Harriers after a successful loan spell, while Keith Barker returns to parent club Blackburn Rovers after a three-month loan with The Dale.