Date: 1st June 2011 at 12:52pm
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Seventeen days after Mark Robins’ resignation, Barnsley Football Club have appointed Keith Hill as first team manager at Oakwell.

Hill, who was in charge previously at Rochdale, has penned a rolling one year deal to take charge of The Reds, bringing his assistant David Flitcroft with him from The Dale.

At 42 years of age, Hill is a young manager but already has a great pedigree, having taken Rochdale from the wrong end of League 2 to three points off the League One Play-Offs in the space of four years.

Barnsley’s General Manager Don Rowing said of the appointment: ‘We are delighted to have got a first choice for the position of first team manager.’ Rowing was speaking to the club’s official website.

The appointment of Hill looked dead in the water just over a week ago, when talks broke down between the parties and Hill told the BBC: ‘We’ve decided to stay at Rochdale because we are ambitious but we’re also happy in our work here.’

Today however, the club announced at a press conference at Oakwell that Hill has been appointed at long last, and preparations can finally begin for the 2011/12 season which kicks off on August 6th.