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Keith Hill has been appointed as Bolton

Keith Hill takes charge at Bolton after another five-goal thumping for League One side’s youngsters at Gillingham

  • Bolton have appointed former Rochdale and Barnsley manager Keith Hill 
  • The new boss arrives following the club’s survival from liquidation this week 
  • The North West side shipped five goals again at Gillingham on Saturday 
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Bolton have moved swiftly following being saved from liquidation by appointing Keith Hill as their new manager. Hill, who was born in Bolton, has previously managed Rochdale and Barnsley and will be assisted by former Mansfield and Swindon manager David Flitcroft.

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Bolton were saved from liquidation on Wednesday when Football Ventures (Whites) Limited took control of the club in a £17.4million takeover. Phil Parkinson stepped down as manager last week amid the turmoil at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Jimmy Phillips was in caretaker charge for yesterday’s 5-0 defeat at Gillingham, but Hill said: ‘It’s an absolute privilege to become the manager of such a big club. David and I are extremely grateful for the opportunity to manage our hometown club.’

Keith Hill has been appointed as Bolton's new manager after the club's defeat at Gillingham

Keith Hill has been appointed as Bolton’s new manager after the club’s defeat at Gillingham

Bolton started the campaign with a 12-point deduction after going into administration and have had to field teams this season full of young players. Hill added: ‘My first job is to recruit a number of players ahead of Monday’s deadline. The young lads have done really well and worn their heart on their sleeve, and we’re not looking to replace them but they need help.’

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The Football Ventures consortium were in the directors’ box for the first time at Priestfield yesterday and they will have realised they face an uphill struggle to avoid relegation.

Gillingham had not won in their last nine games but deserved the victory for manager Steve Evans, his first in the Priestfield dugout. Connor Oglive pounced on a defensive error to open the scoring on 27 minutes before Olly Lee, who arrived on loan from Hearts on the eve of the game, struck on the stroke of half-time to double the advantage.

Brandon Hanlan stabbed a third from close range and Lee scored his second of the match before young Jordan Boon’s miserable day in defence was compounded with an own goal.

The North West side shipped five goals at Gillingham as recent financial struggles continued

The North West side shipped five goals at Gillingham as recent financial struggles continued

The North West side shipped five goals at Gillingham as recent financial struggles continued

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Jack Hobbs, who had been signed on the eve of the game, had a late header hit the woodwork that could have ended Bolton’s club record 10-game wait for a goal. It is the fourth successive game in which they have conceded five goals.

However caretaker Phillips is confident they can escape relegation. ‘It might sound romantic but it’s a fight I think we can win,’ he said.

Gillingham’s new boss Evans enjoyed this convincing result but his first thoughts were for beleaguered Bolton. ‘The big win today was that Bolton Wanderers Football Club turned up on the team coach,’ he said.