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Hill appointed boss with Hessenthaler as assistant

Stewart Donald has revealed that Richard Hill will be the manager of Eastleigh next season with Andy Hessenthaler as his assistant manager.

The Spitfires chairman said: “Richard did ever so well when he was here before and he left too early.

“Since he went, I’ve made more funds available and Richard has always spent money well.

“Hopefully with what’s available to him now, he’ll be able to deliver.

“He seemed the logical choice. He’s a good tactician, he knows how to spot a player and he knows the league.

“Last time he was here, he didn’t have enough of a team around him with experience and Andy Hessenthaler will bring that as his assistant.

"Andy’s our sort of guy.

“He’s hard-working, very knowledgeable at this level and above, he’s a good coach and very well respected.

"He’s got connections with a lot of London-based players and we’re expecting to pick up a few players from those connections.

“Richard and Andy will steady the ship and help us kick on now.”

Richard Hill appointed Eastleigh boss for 2017/18 - with Andy Hessenthaler as his assistant

Richard Hill has been appointed Eastleigh's manager for next season.

Eastleigh chairman says Hill was "the logical choice" to manage next season

CHAIRMAN Stewart Donald said it was "the logical choice" to appoint Richard Hill as permanent Eastleigh manager. Bringing back the man who guided the Spitfires to the Conference South title in his first full season in charge has been like comfort blanket for the club after a sobering 2016/17 that has seen Chris Todd, Ronnie Moore and Martin Allen depart.

Eastleigh can 'do a Fleetwood', says new assistant manager Hessenthaler

NEW assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler reckons Eastleigh possess the potential to 'do a Fleetwood Town.' The former Gillingham, Dover and Orient boss, appointed No2 to Richard Hill at the Silverlake for next season, has watched in admiration Fleetwood's rise from Conference champions to the League One play-offs in six whirlwind years.

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