Steve Hill has been appointed as the new Vikings FC senior football manager.

The former Burscough FC assistant manager replaces Paul Pennington, who resigned earlier this month, following the defeat by Marshalls Athletic.

Hill brings with him over 20 years of experience in coaching and managing; working with Liverpool County FA, Liverpool FC and Prescot Cables which has given him a major insight into player development.

Commenting on his appointment, Hill said; “I can see that the club has ambition and wants to move in the right direction and I am looking forward to the football ahead. This season will be about transition for next season.”

Appreciating the job is a long-term process, he added; "We might not be ready for the title, but the process starts today. "It's the ambition of every manager, you want to get to the top.

"I'm very proud and very honoured today to be announced as manager of Vikings Football Club."

Club secretary Bill Morley labelled the 50-year-old's appointment as "an important step" and promised supporters it was a move they "can be excited about".

"Steve's comprehensive football philosophy is perfectly aligned with those at the club and those soon to join the club," Morley stated.

"He was the only choice unanimously and he had no hesitation at all in embracing exactly what we want to try to build at Vikings FC.

"We do not expect miracles overnight nor should anyone else. But we firmly believe that the direction the club is heading in will lead to success and promotion. We will embrace the unconventional, build the right way and together set a bold, exciting course for this fantastic club."