BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has told The Star that it was “torture” when he missed his side’s away clash with Southampton owing to illness.
Rumours circulated that he had resigned and was being lined up as the new Wolves manager, with assistant boss David Flitcroft in charge against the Saints.
But Hill said: “You’ve just got to smile as a manager when you hear these rumours. I can assure you that I’m here for the long term.
“I’m not walking away from a fight.
“I’m trying to create an identity at this club and I know we’ll be successful.
“One day you’re everybody’s cup of tea and then the next day you’re not. Just look at Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. Within the space of the last few weeks he’s been tipped to become England manager and then some fans want him sacked because they’ve lost three games in a row. That’s how crazy football is sometimes.
“It was torture missing Saturday’s game, but it was the right decision. I’m over the worse of it now, but it just knocked me for six. I just felt really weak and was constantly being sick.
“It was a massive worry that I might pass it on to the players, so, as much as I wanted to go, the hardest decision was doing what was best for them. We’ve got a lot of injuries; the last thing I wanted to do was make the players ill.
“That was only the second game I’ve missed as a manager in the last five years, It was horrible.”