Richard Hill has been appointed Eastleigh's permanent manager, having held the role in an interim capacity for the past seven matches since Lee Bradbury's sacking after the 2-0 defeat at Southend United in late August.

He begins his third stint in charge of the Spitfires in Saturday's visit to Halifax Town, who lie one point above Eastleigh midway in the National League.

The 60 year old was manager for three seasons from 2012 to 2015, when the club achieved National League status, and again for seven months in 2017.

In a statement, Eastleigh said they had interviewed numerous candidates following a thorough and extensive recruitment process.

"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."