Excited Hill eager to propel Reds to new heights

Dream pairing: New Barnsley manager Keith Hill, left, and assistant Dave Flitcroft.             Picture: Steve Parkin
Dream pairing: New Barnsley manager Keith Hill, left, and assistant Dave Flitcroft. Picture: Steve Parkin
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NEWLY appointed Barnsley boss Keith Hill is confident he can deliver success at Oakwell just like he did at Spotland with Rochdale.

Hill and his assistant Dave Flitcroft were officially unveiled as the Reds’ new management team yesterday.

“I’m excited, but I’m apprehensive as well,” said Hill. “It’s a change. I’m a creature of habit, I’m very happy in comfortable surroundings, but this [job] is a real appetiser.

“But I’m really excited about the future and we’re really looking forward to putting our identity on this football club. The challenge of managing in the Championship is massive, it’s one I couldn’t turn down.

“We’ll play with a certain style, that’s really important to myself and Flicker [Flitcroft].

“That style is the one which I want to watch as a supporter. Style is very important, but I’m a realist as well because the most important thing is getting three points.

“But you can combine the two and be successful. That’s our aim for Barnsley Football Club now.”

Hill and Flitcroft have both signed one-year rolling contracts with the South Yorkshire club.

“We want to achieve a better place finish than last season, we’re ambitious to finish as high up the table as high as we can,” added Hill.

“I don’t set myself too many targets because you can be disappointed if you don’t achieve them. But we’re very ambitious and we’re only looking forward from this point on. We’ve got to have a shared ambition, everybody has got to be singing from the same hymn sheet.

“If it’s enjoyable then it’s a productive environment. Everybody has got to buy into what we’re trying to do. You can’t have internal fights and internal differences.

Hill ruled himself out of the Oakwell job last week, but stressed that he taken time to make a considered decision on whether he was ready to leave Rochdale after four and a half seasons.