Hill to Fleetwood.

Last updated : 22 May 2018 By Paddock Pundit

Former Carlisle United favourite Clint Hill has joined Joey Barton's coaching team at Fleetwood.

The widely-expected move was confirmed today by the League One club.

They announced that both Hill and former Huddersfield and Chesterfield coach Steve Eyre were joining incoming boss Barton's new backroom team.

Hill played alongside Barton at QPR and Rangers.

The 39-year-old last Friday announced his retirement after ending his playing days with United.

The centre-half made 42 appearances for the Cumbrians in 2017/18, and was voted player of the year by News & Star readers.

His final playing appearance came for United against Newport on the last day of the League Two campaign, when he was given a standing ovation by fans when substituted with 15 minutes remaining.

He was also given the opportunity to develop his coaching skills at United under former boss Keith Curle.

Fleetwood said Hill and Eyre will start work on July 2 ahead of pre-season training later that month.

Former Blues midfielder Kyle Dempsey will be among the players who will work with Hill, while ex-United man Paul Murray is also on the Cod Army coaching staff as head of their development squad.

United had hoped to keep Hill but, two days after the end of the season, the defender announced his departure from Brunton Park.