IT is now a year since Keith Hill moved to Oakwell from League One club Rochdale, and the Reds boss has re-affirmed that his decision to grasp the chance to switch up a division was the best he has ever made.
Hill, aged 43, who enjoyed a successful four and a half years in charge at Spotland before being snared by Barnsley, said: “It has been an exciting year for me - a bit daunting at times, but exciting.
“I’ll say it again, though: it was the best football decision I ever made to come to Oakwell.
“I feel the whole Championship experience over the last 12 months has made me a better manager, a better coach - in fact, the experience has been totally invaluable.
“It’s a very tough league of course, but we showed a lot during the earlier part of last season that we can compete, and we were challenging up around the sixth-place mark.
“There were ups and downs, and after the turn of the year with one thing and another there were a few situations which I found were harder to deal with, but overall I’ve enjoyed it.
“The experiences of last season will certainly stand me in good stead as we work towards the new campaign.”
It remains quiet at Oakwell as Hill and his staff slowly gear up for the challenge of another tough Championship campaign.
The Reds boss added: “Although they’ve been given a summer fitness programme, the players are not due back in for full pre-season training until July 4 - Independence Day!
“After that we’ve got some good friendly fixtures to look forward to at Rotherham United, Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers.
“so we’ll see where we are after those games.”