CLINT HILL: NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER AT STOCKPORT COUNTY

  • Joins former Tranmere team-mate Dave Challinor at Edgeley Park
  • Duo charged with getting their new club back into the English Football League
  • Will reflect on his career in exclusive two-part interview on Sport Careers Agency website this week

STOCK IS RISING...Clint Hill is in at the start of what he hopes will be an exciting adventure for Countystockportcounty.com

CLINT HILL has been appointed assistant manager of ambitious English National League side Stockport County.

The 43-year-old Sport Careers Agency client has followed his former Tranmere Rovers team-mate Dave Challinor out of League Two Hartlepool United to a new adventure at Edgeley Park.

Hill was first-team coach at Hartlepool under their interim boss Antony Sweeney but the lure of working together with close pal Challinor was too strong for the former Fleetwood Town and Bristol Rovers coach.

Clint said: ”I've thoroughly enjoyed my short time at Hartlepool United, working with a great set of lads and staff, and also getting to experience the famous atmosphere at the Vic.

”I wish everybody connected to the club every success this season and for the future.''

Clint was pitched straight into a tough start with Stockport away to Woking and the new-look Challinor-led coaching team got off to a flyer with a 1-2 win.

This has been a year of change for Hill who played 588 league games in England and Scotland in a 21-year career that took in Tranmere, Oldham, Stoke City, Crystal Palace, Queen's Park Rangers, Nottingham Forest, Rangers and Carlisle United.

He made the call to leave his post working alongside former Rangers team-mate Joey Barton at Bristol Rovers earlier this year.

Clint confessed: "I decided myself to leave Rovers and that was a tough decision in terms of the security I had there.

"I wanted to see if I could stand on my own two feet and I got a call from Dave Challinor to see if I wanted to help out at Hartlepool United who had recently been promoted.

"I was missing the game but within a month Dave had gone to Stockport County. That's football and now things have changed again."

Hill is currently in the throes of earning the coveted UEFA Pro Licence as his coaching journey kicks into a new gear.

It's four years now since he hung up his boots after a superb career at the heart of so many defences.

Over this week on the Sport Careers Agency website Clint will reflect on his journey in an exclusive two-part interview.

And he revealed: "I started coaching in the Academy at Queen's Park Rangers when the first team fixtures allowed me to.

"Then after I finished playing Joey Barton landed the role of manager at Fleetwood Town and offered me the chance to be his assistant.

"I loved it and the truth is that football is my life and I am institutionalised! It's all I know.

"When you are out of the game, as I was until two months ago when Hartlepool came up, you miss the pressure environment and everything about football.

"The phone rings for two weeks but within a month the phone calls get less and less.

"My advice for coaches when they are out of the game is to go to as many matches as possible and if you get an invite into watch training then go. You learn so much.

"I was lucky enough to go in and watch Karl Robinson at Oxford United in League One.

"I had full access to everything and I took so much from that experience, it was an education."

Now Stockport County will get the benefit of a refreshed and re-energised Hill as he gets in on the ground floor for what he hopes will be a resurgence back into the Football League for the club.

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