EASTLEIGH have confirmed that Richard Hill has become the club’s manager on a permanent basis after a period as interim coach.

The club had interviewed numerous candidates following a thorough and extensive recruitment process before selecting Hill as the manager.

Since Hill took joint interim charge alongside Jason Bristow, Eastleigh have earned 11 points from seven games.

Hill refused to give an answer to the Daily Echo when asked whether he knew if he would remain in charge after the Spitfires' 6-0 defeat to Gateshead.

Since then his Eastleigh side have beaten Fylde and Kidderminster and Fylde and earned a 2-2 draw against Oxford City. 

More recently, the 60 year old oversaw Eastleigh’s narrow 1-0 defeat against high-flying Bromley on Tuesday night.

A statement on the club's website added: "Although this has taken longer than initially expected, due to the volume of interviews and the requirement to make formal approaches for those in employment, the club feels that the appointment of Hill will give us the best chance of success.

"Hill has achieved unprecedented success with the club and will be well known to many new and old fans alike. Having assembled a team that won promotion to the National League he subsequently led Eastleigh to their highest-ever league finish.

"The team played some of the most exciting football ever witnessed at the Silverlake and his team gave us many memorable matches. A vital part of this success was the fans and the unity between the players, staff and fans alike.

"Future success will undoubtedly require the same unity and feeling of togetherness which as a board we are committed to deliver.

It's the third time that the former Northampton defender has taken charge of the Spitfires, while he has spent time as the club's director of football.

Hill, who has managed to maintain a 55% win rate throughout his entire managerial career with the Spitfires, will oversee the side when they are back in action on Saturday, September 30 against Halifax Town, who currently sit one point ahead of them in 12th place.