Expectation a balancing act for ambitious Hill

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill would relish standing in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s shoes on a regular basis.

The Reds host the Foxes at Oakwell today looking to register their first home win of the season. And while Hill has had a limited budget with which to strengthen his squad, ex-England boss Eriksson has been able to splash the cash to strengthen his team.

It’s understandable the Foxes are much-fancied to win promotion to the Premier League, while survival is the name of the game for Hill despite plenty of ambition.

“It’s about realism for me,” said Hill. “I’ve got to make sure I maintain realism.

“I don’t want to blind myself with ambition. I’m very ambitious and you don’t always get what you want, but it’s about what we need.

“There’s things I want, but there’s things I need. I need to be taking around 1.2/1.3 points per game to retain our Championship status, which would be job done.

“I’ve been accustomed to 1.8 points per game [at Rochdale], so I’ve got to slightly adjust my own expectations. But from an ambition point of view I want to win the Championship. Highly unlikely the bookmakers would suggest, but it’s just getting that balance between what I need and what I want.

“I’m trying to put my own ambitions into perspective because I’ve got to do a job in the short term.

“That job is going to increase long-term potential to be more successful. I’ve re-visited the balance of what we can achieve.

“At the minute am I happy with the points we’ve got so far? Absolutely not. Are we round about where we should be with the games we’ve played? Yes.

“We’re not in the bottom three and that’s really important. It’s about progression.”