Date: 25th October 2006 at 10:29pm
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Former Chester City manager Gordon Hill is reported to be in line for the vacant managerial post at Rushden and Diamonds.

The 52-year-old former England Internation – who won the FA Cup as a Manchester United player in 1977 – wants to return from America and is putting his name in the frame to become Paul Hart’s long-term
successor at Nene Park.

Hill’s agent Jon Slocombe revealed to the Northamptonshire press: ‘He has got his own football academy in Dallas and now he wants to come back to this country.

‘I had already written to Diamonds on behalf of Gordon just to say he was interested should the vacancy arise and then the following week Hart was sacked. We haven’t heard anything yet as the club are apparently collating all the CVs.

‘In his playing days Gordon was known as Merlin the Magician. So, hopefully, he is given an opportunity to perform at Diamonds.’

Hill started his career with Millwall and after spending the summer of 1975 on loan at Chicago Sting in the North American Soccer League he signed for Manchester United. They lost the 1976 FA Cup final but won at Wembley 12 months later and Hill finished as top scorer for the Red Devils in the 1977-78 season.

Hill – who represented England at every level and won six full caps – also played for Derby County and QPR before returning to North America with Montreal Manic and Chicago Sting. He was head coach of the Nova Scotia Clippers in their only year in the Canadian Soccer League.

Back home he ran the centre of
excellence at Chester City and became director of football, briefly taking over the first team during American Terry Smith’s ill-fated period. In 14 games at the start of the 2001-02 campaign Hill won just twice with nine defeats amid problems behind the scenes.

After a playing career featuring 450 games Hill also went on to manage Northwich Victoria and Hyde United.

He has UEFA’s ‘A’ coaching licence and Slocombe added: ‘He’d love to put his skills, experience and passion back into the game – hopefully with Diamonds.’