Hartlepool United appoint former defender Clint Hill as deputy manager

HARTLEPOOL United have appointed Clint Hill, former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers defenseman, as their new assistant manager.

Hill has been with the clubs for several weeks watching practices and attending games and the club has now appointed Hill to the vacant position.

Former assistant Joe Parkinson left the club last month for personal reasons.

The 42-year-old was recently on the coaching staff and at Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers alongside manager Joey Barton. However, he left the club in August for personal family reasons.

Hill and Dave Challinor have spent time together during their playing careers when the pair were both at Tranmere Rovers and the Pools boss says he will bring something new to the coaching staff.

Speaking about the appointment, manager Challinor said: “It was always going to be difficult to replace Joe, but I think Clint will definitely add to the management dynamic that we have within the group.

“He arrived with us a few weeks ago, without really anything in it, for a few days because he had toured some clubs. I obviously played with him as a player and stayed in touch with him.

“I tried to sign as a player towards the end of his career when I was at my old club and he went to Carlisle oddly enough.

“He got involved with Joey (Barton) at Fleetwood and then went to Bristol Rovers.

“He’s gone over there and he’s doing his pro license so we’ve been chatting over the last few weeks so I’m glad he decided to come and get involved with us.

“I’m sure he will be a huge asset and we are really looking forward to it.

“Lidds played with him at Carlisle and obviously praises Clint because as a player he was an amazing professional and played as long as he did because of the way he does it. .

“He will be a real plus for the squad and I’m sure his minimal experience as a manager even though he’s been at Fleetwood and League One and League Two with Bristol Rovers is really important and I think he will fits perfectly.

“He already wants his hands dirty, wants to be involved on the training ground and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more.”

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