KEITH Hill has a vision – to make Barnsley a force to be reckoned with in the Championship this season.
Not an easy task my any means, but the Oakwell boss embraces a challenge and learnt some valuable lessons last season in his first season in charge of a Championship club.
Hill has played at a good standard so he know’s what’s required in one of the most competitive divisions in the world and, to that end, he believes recruitment and the development of the club’s promising youngsters is key to the club’s chance of success.
Speaking to The Star at the Reds’ Benahavis training base here in the Southern Spanish mountains, Hill admitted: “I’ve learn a lot from last season. Change is inevitable, but people fight against change. That’s where I’ve found it difficult.
“Change is necessary for the better, but it’s like everything - tradition and other things try to prevent it from happening.
“Change gets opposed but it’s for the better and the greater good.
“We’ve had to make significant changes and, for me, more changes need to be made.
“It will impact on the club being more successful and being better resourced.”
Hill and his equally ambitious assistant boss, David Flitcroft, have worked hard to recruit four new players over the summer with Mido, Jacob Mellis, Ben Alnwick and Kelvin Etuhu having been brought in to strengthen the ranks.
And in an ideal world the duo would like three more “experienced” players to add to their squad before the new season kicks off next month.
“From a football perspective you’re not creating the wheel,” stressed Hill. “Football is football at the end of the day and, although everybody has different tactics and strategies on the training pitch, it’s the same game. Recruitment is key because the cream get the better players. One thing we do is develop players.
“But you’ve got to be given time to develop players. ‘Time’ seems to be a word which is not accepted in football.”
n The friendly with Bradford City has been cancelled with the club’s Carling Cup clash with Rochdale now on August 11.